AstraZeneca vaccine up to 90% effective

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca says that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals.

The results announced today are based on interim analysis of trials in the U.K. and Brazil of the vaccine.

Dr. Andrew Pollard said if people were given a half-dose followed by full dose protection was about 90%. Two other drugmakers, Pfizer and Moderna, have reported preliminary results showing that their vaccines were almost 95% effective. 

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