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November 23, 2020

Oxford University announces its breakthrough on Global COVID-19 Vaccine.

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Oxford, November 23, 2020 — The University of Oxford, in collaboration with AstraZeneca plc, today announced interim trial data from its Phase III trials that show its candidate coronavirus vaccine, ChAdOx1 nCoV-2019, is effective at preventing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and offers a high level of protection.

Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and Chief Investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial, said:

Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said:

Following the trial reaching the target for interim analysis, the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) recommended that the Oxford team conduct its first analysis on all the cases with data locked on November 4, 2020.

Additional cases may accrue by the time of the final analysis, and future studies will determine the duration of protection. No severe safety events related to the vaccine have been identified.

Oxford will now support AstraZeneca in submitting both the interim Phase III efficacy data and the extensive safety data to all regulators globally, including in the UK, Europe, and Brazil, for independent scrutiny and product approval, and emergency use. Many of these regulators have been reviewing the trial data on a rolling basis during the trial.

In parallel, Oxford is submitting the full analysis of Phase III interim data for independent scientific peer review and publication.

The interim Phase III data builds on Oxford’s phase I/II peer-reviewed trial results, showing that the vaccine induces potent antibody and T cell immune responses across all age groups and has a good safety profile.

The clinical trials, enrolling over 24,000 participants from diverse racial and geographical groups in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa will continue to final analysis. Trial teams are conducting further tests in the United States, Kenya, Japan, and India. The trial unit expects to have 60,000 participants by the end of the year. These trials will provide regulators with further information about the Oxford candidate vaccine’s efficacy and safety, including its ability to protect against and stop the transmission of COVID-19.

The Oxford vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) is made from a virus, a weakened version of a common cold virus (adenovirus), that has been genetically changed so that it can’t grow in humans.

Adenovirus vaccines have been researched and used extensively for decades and have a unique benefit: they are stable, easily manufactured, transported, and stored at domestic fridge temperature (2-8 degrees C). It means they can be easily distributed using existing medical facilities such as doctor’s surgeries and local pharmacies, allowing for the vaccine, if approved, to be deployed very rapidly.

Oxford University’s collaboration with AstraZeneca has been crucial to the successful development of the vaccine and vital for its global manufacturing and distribution across the world. AstraZeneca already has international agreements to supply three billion doses of the vaccine, with access being built through more than 30 supply agreements and partner networks.

A key element of Oxford’s partnership with AstraZeneca is the joint commitment to provide the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis for the duration of the pandemic across the world and in perpetuity to low and middle-income countries.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said:

Source: The University of Oxford


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The Serum Institute of India is the manufacturing partner of the Oxford vaccine. The Pune-based firm has selected 17 sites in India, including PGI Chandigarh, to conduct the trial. A total of 1,600 candidates are taking part in the study.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Serum Institute of India, Pune, on November 28, 2020, and interacted with the team at the Institute. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Had a good interaction with the team at Serum Institute of India. They shared details about their progress so far on how they plan to ramp up vaccine manufacturing further. Also took a look at their manufacturing facility.”

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