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The authorisation of the Chadox1-nCoV19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, and the Serum Institute of India (SII), enables global access to the vaccine during the pandemic.
Andrew Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, and Chief Investigator on the Oxford vaccine trial, said:
‘At the University of Oxford, we are all so pleased by today’s announcement because the emergency use listing from WHO is a critical piece in the path to global access to the Chadox1-nCoV19 vaccine and our mission for vaccines to protect the vulnerable, whoever they are, and wherever they live.’
The process assesses the safety, quality and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as other, more pragmatic considerations, such as cold chain requirements, and follows on from WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization recommendation for the use of the vaccine in all adult age groups.