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  23 May 2022, 13:56

AstraZeneca Covid jab wins EU approval as booster: firm

LONDON, May 23, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - AstraZeneca's Covid jab has won approval for 
use as a booster or third jab in the European Union, the British drugs giant 
confirmed Monday.

The European Medicines Agency, the EU's drugs watchdog, had revealed the news 
on Thursday.

"AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, Vaxzevria, has been granted approval in the 
EU by the EMA as a third dose booster in adults," the company said in a 
statement.

"Healthcare professionals can now use Vaxzevria as a third dose booster in 
patients previously given a primary vaccine schedule of either Vaxzevria or 
an EU-approved mRNA Covid-19 vaccine."

The EMA had concluded there was a "substantial body of evidence demonstrating 
an increased immune response after a third dose booster with Vaxzevria", it 
added.

AstraZeneca rapidly developed its successful Covid-19 jab alongside the 
University of Oxford during the pandemic.

The group announced last month that Vaxzevria sales jumped fourfold to $1.15 
billion in the first quarter, despite a 40-percent decline in Europe where 
the pandemic has been curbed by vaccinations.

But AstraZeneca also cautioned in April that Covid revenues including 
Vaxzevria would drop this year as the health crisis recedes.


 

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