World Health Organization(WHO) An expert team said on Wednesday local time that it recommends the use of a new coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.
According to the WHO, the total number of global new crown cases has fallen by 17% from last week, and has been falling for four consecutive weeks.
The World Health Organization’s “Immunization Strategy Advisory Group” issued temporary recommendations on Wednesday for the new crown vaccine jointly developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, saying that although studies have pointed out that the vaccine is mildly caused by the mutated new coronavirus reported in South Africa. The effectiveness of moderate to moderate infections is "significantly reduced," but indirect evidence shows that the vaccine still has a protective effect on severe illness. Therefore, it is still recommended to vaccinate in countries where the mutant new coronavirus has already appeared.
The WHO expert team believes that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective and can be widely used, including in countries where the variant virus appears. It is recommended that people who are vaccinated should have two doses of the vaccine separated by 8 to 12 weeks. It is also suitable for the elderly over 65. Vaccination.
Although the AstraZeneca vaccine is accused of doubts about the effectiveness of the variant virus that emerged in South Africa, the team leader, Clavioto, said that there are now a large number of people who have been infected with the disease and there is no reason why this vaccine is not recommended.
Another WHO working group will meet later and is expected to decide whether to authorize emergency use of the vaccine by the middle of this month.
In addition, the WHO said on Wednesday that last week, the total number of new coronavirus infections reported worldwide was 310 million, a decrease of 17% from the previous week. It has so far achieved a decline for four consecutive weeks.
According to the WHO, this is the week with the world’s lowest number of reported cases since October 10 last year. The organization has achieved a decline in the number of cases in six regions of the world, and the decline in five regions has exceeded 26%. Among them, Africa The largest decline was 10%, 22% in Europe and 19% in the Americas.
According to the WHO, the global death toll from the new crown virus has also fallen for the second consecutive week. A total of 8 deaths were reported last week, a decrease of 8000% compared to the previous week. The death toll in the Western Pacific region was basically the same. The death toll in the region has declined.
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