Dosing ERROR by researchers at the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine trial led to huge boost in jab’s success rate, firm’s vice-president reveals
- AstraZeneca scientist Mene Pangalos says ‘serendipity,’ led to a break through
- ‘Mistake’ helped scientists discover half-dose was more effective than a full one
- More analysis needed to explain why an initial lower dose was more effective
A dosing error by researchers on the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine trial led to a huge boost in the jab’s success rate, the firm’s vice president has revealed.
Mene Pangalos, head of AstraZeneca’s non-oncology research and development, said: ‘The reason we had the half dose is serendipity.’
Volunteers in Britain were expected to receive two full doses of the vaccine as it was trialed in the hope of funding a cure.
Dr Pangalos says researches were