Argentina 2nd to approve Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab, as EU expected to soon follow suit
The vaccine has been awarded emergency use authorization for one year, according to a statement by the National Administrator for Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT), Argentina's health regulator.
It added that access to the jab will only be permitted by prescription, explaining that it had shown an “acceptable benefit-risk balance.”Also on rt.com Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in the UK
The vaccine is also expected to be quickly given the all-clear by the EU’s European Medicines Agency (EMA), according to Klaus Cichutek, head of the German regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute.
“Once the application is submitted, a decision can be taken quickly,” he said on Wednesday, highlighting the benefit of the EMA’s rolling review of the vaccine.
Earlier on Wednesday, the UK became the first to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine, the country’s second jab authorized for use after the US-German-made Pfizer/BioNTech effort, which is already being administered in a mass inoculation rollout.
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