The first AstraZeneca-Oxford corona vaccine has been administered in the UK

Brian Pinker - Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinePhoto: Steve Parsons / Pool Photo via AP
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The corona vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has been used in the UK for the first time.

This is the second corona vaccine approved for use in the UK, and the approval came just before the New Year.

On Monday, the first dose was given to 82-year-old Brian Pinker at Oxford University Hospital. 

He became the first in the world to receive this vaccine, with the exception of those who have participated in the testing.

Pinker said he was very happy to receive the vaccine and that he is now looking forward to celebrating his 48th wedding anniversary later this year.

Significant advantages

The corona vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer was the first one to receive emergency approval in the UK. 

However, the vaccine from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has some significant advantages over other vaccines. 

It does not need extremely low temperatures for storage and transport, and it is, therefore, easier to use for developing countries with limited resources and varying infrastructure.

The AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine received emergency approval in India this weekend. 

The Indian company Serum Institute, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, has entered into an agreement to produce one billion doses of the vaccine.

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