UK approves new Astra Zeneca and Oxford corona vaccine

Astra ZenecaPhoto: Fredrik Sandberg / SCANPIX SVERIGE
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The corona vaccine from Astra Zeneca and Oxford University has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.

Britain has ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine, enough to vaccinate 50 million people, the BBC reports.

The corona vaccine from Astra Zeneca and Oxford University is the second vaccine to be approved in the UK (the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech was approved in early December – since then, around 600,000 Britons have been vaccinated).

The approval of the new vaccine significantly increases the country’s vaccination capacity. 

The new vaccine can also be stored at normal refrigerator temperature, unlike Pfizer and the BioNTtech vaccine, which needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees.

Surge in infection cases

At the same time, the United Kingdom continues to experience a disturbing increase in infection linked to the discovery of a new mutated coronavirus variant

On Tuesday, 53,135 new cases of infection were registered in one day, the highest number so far.

The country has tightened infection control measures, but the health service is struggling to handle the number of corona patients.

On December 29, three new cases of the mutated British coronavirus have been discovered in Norway.

All three infected people came to Norway from the UK just before Christmas, similar to the two cases that were discovered on Sunday.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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