KANSAS CITY, Kan. Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center had reason to celebrate Monday morning.
AstraZeneca announced that its dual COVID-19 vaccine is safe, offering 79% protection from illness and 100% protection from hospitalization and death.
AstraZeneca said its experts had also not identified any safety concerns related to the vaccine, including a rare blood clot identified in Europe. Scientists found no increased risk of blood clots in the more than 20,000 people who received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca shot.
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This is what the researchers at the KU Medical Center hoped to hear. Dr. Mario Castro, vice chairman of clinical and translational research at the University of Kansas Medical Center, worked with Dr. Barbara Pahud, Research Director of Infectious Diseases in Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital, to enroll more than 500 patients in the AstraZeneca study.
“We think this is an important use for the world,” Castro said. “This is the vaccine that is relatively easy to make, cheaper, and without serious side effects.”
When asked during a Facebook Live with the University of Kansas Health Care System whether they believe the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and whether they would give it to patients, both Castro and Pahud answered yes.
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“Half of my friends are in the clinical trial. Some of them were already blind because they were offered a vaccination and I was very happy to offer it, ”said Pahud.
Pahud also said that she participated in the Johnson & Johnson study and that her daughter took part in the Moderna study.
Pahud has said that she is a little biased about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“AstraZeneca will be the vaccine that is basically supposed to save the world,” said Pahud. “There will be massive production of this vaccine. As you can see, it is clearly effective, especially in the elderly, as well as African American and Latino people. So this vaccine is going to harm the world. “
AstraZeneca is not yet approved for use in the US, but the company is expected to apply for an emergency permit within the next few weeks.
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