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AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria gains EU approval as third dose booster against COVID-19
24 May 2022 -

British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company AstraZeneca announced on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine, Vaxzevria (ChAdOx1-S [Recombinant]), has been granted approval in the European Union (EU) by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) as a third dose booster in adults.

Healthcare professionals can now use Vaxzevria as a third dose booster in patients previously given a primary vaccine schedule of either Vaxzevria or an EU-approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

AstraZeneca said that the authorisation is based on a review by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the substantial body of evidence demonstrating an increased immune response after a third dose booster with Vaxzevria following a primary vaccine schedule of either Vaxzevria or an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Mene Pangalos, executive vice president, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca, said, 'Today's marketing authorisation for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a third dose booster is an important step towards our goal of providing continued protection against COVID-19 for all populations. Ensuring a longer duration of immune protection is essential to the long-term management of COVID-19 globally, and boosters can address the waning of protection over time that has been seen with all primary vaccine schedules to date.'

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