Why is the UK approving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine now?

December 30, 2020

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The busy entrance of a hospital in London, Dec. 30, 2020. 

The busy entrance of a hospital in London, Dec. 30, 2020. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday the Oxford-AstraZeneca drug approval will accelerate Britain's coronavirus vaccination program. 

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Frank Augstein/AP

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