Europe awaits AstraZeneca approval as virus variant worries grow

Amsterdam (AFP) – European regulators were expected to announce Friday if they have approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus shot, as concerns grew around the world over the effectiveness of vaccines against new variants of the deadly pathogen. Scientists are concerned that the coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa appears capable of eluding some of the current vaccines and treatments, which are considered crucial to ending a pandemic that has killed close to 2.2 million people worldwide. The European Union’s Amsterdam-based medical regulator was due to hold a press conference …

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