Philippine vaccine centre urges shorter period between AstraZeneca COVID-19 jabs

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | GMANetwork | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The National Vaccination Operations centre has recommended that the standard 12-week interval between the first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine be reduced to eight to 10 weeks amid the threat of the Delta variant in the country.

“Baka puwedeng iksian. Imbis na 12 weeks, 8 to 10 weeks. We will have an announcement later on,” NVOC chair and Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said in a report on “24 Oras.”

A study published on Wednesday showed that two doses of Pfiser or AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that two doses of Pfiser’s shot was 88 percent effective at preventing symptomatic disease from the Delta variant, compared to 93.7 percent against the Alpha variant, broadly the same as previously reported.

Two shots of AstraZeneca vaccine were 67 percent effective against the Delta variant, up from 60 percent originally reported, and 74.5 percent effective against the Alpha variant, compared to an original estimate of 66 percent effectiveness.

The Philippines has so far detected a total of 47 local cases of the Delta variant.

Out of the 47 cases, 36 have recovered, three have died, and eight remain active.


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