The West has a third Covid19 vaccine, which should go a long way in helping harried health frontliners address the old and new strains of the deadly virus.
(As of Dec. 30, 2020, statistics from the World Health Organization show that Covid19 has infected close to 80 million people and claimed some 2 million lives.)
It was reported that Britain last week had become the first country to approve the emergency use authorization for the two-dose vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.
The roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine couldn’t have come at a more opportune time as England has to cope with a new strain which U,K, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said is “70 percent more transmissible” compared to the first one.
The approval of the vaccine was based on the recommendation of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
Russia and China are in the process of coming out with their own vaccines, but these are not widely accepted due to alleged lack of transparency in their development.
The U.K. is one of 20 countries that the Philippine government has included in a travel ban until January 15 in a bid to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus.