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Australia's chief medical officer defends AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine amid efficacy concerns


Australia’s chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly and infectious diseases experts have defended securing 54m doses of a Covid-19 vaccine made by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, amid concerns the vaccine will not be effective enough to achieve herd immunity. The president of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology, Prof Stephen Turner, told Nine media that Australia should halt the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout because it has “lower efficacy”. “You cannot rely on it to establish herd immunity,” he said. The head of the Western Australian branch of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Miller, who is an anaesthetist, echoed the comments to the Australian, saying: “We need to pause and look at what the outcomes are going to be before we take any further steps.”

The Guardian - January 13, 2021

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