Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
Developed by the Oxford vaccine group in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has recently been given approval for emergency uses by WHO. The vaccine was granted conditional marketing authorization by the European Commission, after being recommended by the European Medicines Agency(EMA). One of the versions of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine i.e Covishield is being manufactured in India by the Serum Institute of India.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine can benefit us in several ways such as-
- It is safe and has been approved on the basis of clinical trials.
- It is effective against the infection of Covid-19.
- It helps in developing immunity.
- Complete doses of vaccines enable a person to live a normal life full of activities without any fear of infection.
- It is the safest way to get immunized against the disease.
- Transmission risk due to Covid-19 viruses is reduced.
It is the viral vector type of vaccine. The spike protein on the surface of the viruses is encoded by the gene present in the vaccine, which when injected into the body, stimulates the formation of spike protein in the body, in response to which the body starts forming the antibodies. These antibodies immunize the body against SARS-Cov-2.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine should be administered into the body as an intramuscular injection. As per the recommendations of WHO SAGE, the vaccine is scheduled for two doses of 0.5ml each with a time interval of 8 to 12 weeks in between.
The efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine can be determined on the basis of clinical trials. It is 76% after 22 days from the day of the first dose, in case of prevention of the symptomatic covid-19, while the efficacy is 81.3% after the second dose injection.
The main advantage of this vaccine is the easy storage. Since it is stable at the refrigerator temperatures, therefore storage is quite easily accessible. The adverse effects are categorized as the common symptoms related to the vaccine that may occur within a couple of days after getting vaccinated and disappear on their own after some days.
Symptoms associated with it are difficulty in breathing, face and throat swelling, dizziness, weakness, and tachycardia. As per the reports of EMA, there are some serious complications related to the vaccine such as-
- Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia
- Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
- Thromboembolic events include symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, blurred vision, abdominal pain, and swelling in the legs.
This drug can be used in below-mentioned conditions
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This vaccine is found to be safe to be used in pregnant women. Clinical studies are still under process and there could be any unforeseen effect on the fetus which is yet to be identified.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This vaccine is still under clinical trial and for now it is found to be safe in nursing women.
Is It safe with alcohol?
It is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a brief period of time before getting vaccinated, as it might affect people’s immune responses to the jab.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
This vaccine is not found to affect people's consciousness. If you feel dizzy, then you must avoid driving.
Does this affect kidney function?
Vaccine is safe to be administered to the patient with kidney disease of any severity.
This vaccine has been demonstrated to cause or worsen chronic liver diseases.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine as ingredient
Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine is composed of the weakened version of adenovirus. It is further modified to contain genetic material shared by the coronavirus - although not causing the actual disease. After getting the injection, it helps to build the immune system in the body against fighting the real virus.
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- People aged 65 or older.
- Patients who have a risk of severe COVID-19, which includes cases of cardiovascular disease, obesity, respiratory disease, and diabetes.
- already been infected from covid-19.
- Lactating women.
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