Coronavirus vaccines that have been tweaked to deal with new variants of the disease will be fast-tracked for authorisation, the UK regulator has said. According to new guidance, manufacturers must provide robust evidence that the modified jab triggers an immune response, but lengthier clinical studies that don’t offer data on safety or effectiveness won’t be required. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Hancock: ‘We must be vigilant on variants’ The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says researchers are now in a better position to measure immunity against COVID-19 by monitoring antibodies after vaccination. It claims this will “significantly reduce” the amount of time it takes to get a tweaked jab approved and ready for use. Advertisement And it also means the three-phase safety trials required for the original coronavirus vaccines won’t be needed. So far, both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech jabs have shown to be effective against the so-called UK or Kent variant that emerged in the South East late last year. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Test and Trace ‘barely used’ check-in data from pubs and restaurants – with thousands not warned of infection… Read full this story
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