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Regulatory approval of Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca)

Information for healthcare professionals and the public about Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca).

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Details

On 24 June 2021, the MHRA issued a Conditional Marketing Authorisation (CMA) for Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) in Great Britain (GB). A CMA issued by the European Medicines Agency has had effect in Northern Ireland since 29 January 2021. To date, supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK has been authorised on a temporary basis by the MHRA under Regulation 174 of the Human Medicine Regulations 2012, but as this was always intended to be a temporary arrangement, supply of this vaccine will change to be in accordance with the CMAs.

Manufacture of the vaccine remains unchanged, as do the clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical properties of the vaccine.

The information for healthcare professionals and UK recipients on using the vaccine safely has been periodically updated as new data have become available and this will continue under the CMA. Please regularly check this information as it is often updated.

The COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca authorised under Regulation 174 remains in use and its product information has been updated in line with the product information of the GB CMA.

The MHRA regularly publishes reports of the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.

For further information on prioritising the first COVID-19 vaccine dose see the statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Summary of Product Characteristics (CMA)/Information for Healthcare Professionals (R174)

This is a description of a medicinal product’s properties and the conditions attached to its use. It explains how to use and prescribe a medicine. It is used by healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

Patient Information Leaflet (CMA)/Information for UK Recipients (R174)

The Patient Information Leaflet provides information for patients on using the medicine safely. This is based on the Summary of Product Characteristics of the product.

Public Assessment Report

The Public Assessment Report is a scientific report, written by the MHRA. It explains how this product was assessed and its authorisation recommended, as well as its conditions of use. It is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use this product.

Ingredients

The MHRA can confirm that Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) does not contain any components of animal origin.

A full list of ingredients for the qualitative and quantitative composition of the vaccine can be found at point 2 in the Summary of Product Characteristics (CMA) and the Information for Healthcare Professionals (R174).

A full list of ingredients for the excipient composition of the vaccine can be found at point 6.1 in the Summary of Product Characteristics (CMA) and the Information for Healthcare Professionals (R174).

A full list of ingredients for the qualitative and quantitative composition of the vaccine and a full list of the excipient composition of the vaccine can be found at point 6 in the Summary of Product Characteristics (CMA) and the Information for Healthcare Professionals (R174).

Published 30 December 2020
Last updated 19 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added Lay summary, Vaxzevria (previously COVID‑19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, suspension for injection) COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1‑S [recombinant])

  2. Updated to reflect the addition of capillary leak syndrome as a contraindication. Also changed the name of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in the Conditional Marketing Authorisation product information to the brand name - Vaxzevria.

  3. A Summary of Product Information, a Patient Information Leaflet and a Conditions of Authorisation for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca Conditional Marketing Authorisation have been added as the MHRA has issued a Conditional Marketing Authorisation for the vaccine. Updated versions of the Information for healthcare professionals and Information for UK recipients documents have also been added.

  4. Updated the Information for Healthcare Professionals and Information for UK Recipients on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca with new information about extremely rare, unlikely to occur blood clots.

  5. Updated the Information for Healthcare Professionals on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, with new information about extremely rare, unlikely to occur blood clots.

  6. All documents were updated to include updated side effect frequency and efficacy data, including a new table on efficacy by dosing interval in the Information for UK Healthcare Professionals document. A new Annex (Annex 1: Addition of manufacturer and importer) was added to the Conditions of Authorisation document.

  7. Published new versions of the Conditions of Authorisation documents, with an additional clause relating to off-label prescribing

  8. Published a new version of the Information for UK healthcare professionals, adding new information in Section 6.6 allowing for an additional dose to be taken if there is sufficient for a further full dose to be taken from the vial.

  9. Added an accessible HTML version of the summary of the Public Assessment Report

  10. Publication of Public Assessment Report for AztraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

  11. First published.