Culture notes: Jabs that started a vaccine fight

Catherine Fieschi on how the world fell out trying to counter a pandemic

The World Today Updated 1 April 2021 Published 2 April 2021 2 minute READ

Catherine Fieschi

Director, Counterpoint

The results of the most recent AstraZeneca tests in the United States seem to confirm that its vaccine against COVID-19 has been found to be 76  per cent effective and safe. It is an understatement to say that AstraZeneca has had a chequered start: marred by delays, then poor communication – incomplete, misleading results were initially announced – then plagued by production problems; blamed for poor planning by a panicked European leadership that saw its promised doses melt like ice cream in the sun; and, finally, rendered suspect by the temporary suspension of the vaccine. 

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