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AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine seems safe and effective in older volunteers, trial shows

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A vaccine volunteer gets an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Africa’s first participation in a vaccine trial for COVID-19 started Wednesday when the volunteers received injections developed at the University of Oxford in Britain. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko)

AstraZeneca’s experimental coronavirus vaccine appears to work safely in older people, generating as strong an immune response in those over the age of 70 as it does in younger people, British researchers reported Thursday.

AstraZeneca’s experimental coronavirus vaccine appears to work safely in older people, generating as strong an immune response in those over the age of 70 as it does in younger people, British researchers reported Thursday.

The populations at greatest risk of serious Covid-19 disease include people with existing health conditions and older adults,” Dr. Maheshi Ramasamy of the University of Oxford, who worked on the study, said in a statement.

In the past 24 hours, Russia officially reported 23,610 new cases of Covid-19 and 463 deaths -- both the highest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic.

Indiana reported 6,143 new positive coronavirus cases and 60 deaths on Wednesday, according to its Covid-19 dashboard.

The Australian state of South Australia reported no new Covid-19 cases Thursday on the first day of its six-day "circuit-breaker" lockdown, according to the state's Chief Health Officer Nicola Spurrier.

The United States reported 170,161 new coronavirus cases and 1,848 virus-related deaths on Wednesday, according to John Hopkins University.

India's capital region recorded its highest number of new fatalities from Covid-19 on Thursday, with 131 deaths, according to the Delhi government.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Tuesday that Covid-19 cases rose in the city because people weren't practising social distancing or wearing masks in markets, warning that the government will be forced to shut down certain areas and treat them as hotspots.

National numbers: Across India, 45,576 new coronavirus cases and 585 additional deaths were reported on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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