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Oxford vaccine chief says Australia can’t afford to delay the jab’s rollout – Sydney Morning Herald

Andrew Pollard said the focus should not be on whether vaccines block transmission but rather their capacity to prevent serious illness and death.

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“We can’t wait months to get things going,” he said. “Having supply of vaccine today and getting them into people’s arms is what will save lives. That to me has got to be the absolute focus.”
Pollard’s intervention follows a call by the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology to pause the impending rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine because other products appear to have a higher efficacy rate. They later recanted their position and supported the current strategy for using the Oxford…

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