AstraZeneca CEO Links the Refusal of Its Vaccine to the COVID Surge in Europe

AstraZeneca CEO Links the Refusal of Its Vaccine to the COVID Surge in Europe

European countries are reporting more and more infections every day, as the old continent seems to be under COVID siege. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has marked countries such as the UK, Germany, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Norway, Ukraine, and others as “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High”. This means that the government agency says that traveling to these countries unvaccinated for the coronavirus is dangerous.

Surely everyone wonders why Europe is dealing with such a massive spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. According to The Guardian, the CEO of AstraZeneca, Mr. Pascal Soriot, says that the refusal of its vaccine has something to do with the situation.

Differences in T-cell immunity are compelling enough

While speaking for BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Soriot invokes the differences in T-cell immunity between the vaccines as an indicator that those who got immunity that lasted long against the coronavirus are the same individuals who got vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab.

Credit:, fernando zhiminaicela
Credit:, fernando zhiminaicela

Mr. Soriot declared as quoted by The Guardian:

It’s really interesting when you look at the UK. There was a big peak of infections but not so many hospitalisations relative to Europe. In the UK [the Oxford/AstraZeneca] vaccine was used to vaccinate older people whereas in Europe people thought initially the vaccine doesn’t work in older people.

He also continued by saying, as quoted by the same source:

What I’m saying is that T-cells do matter and in particular it relates to the durability of the response, especially in older people, and this vaccine has been shown to stimulate T-cells to a higher degree in older people. There’s no proof of anything … we don’t know. But we need more data to analyse this and get the answer.

Have you gotten vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s jab for COVID? If your answer is “yes”, feel free to share your experience with us!

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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