International – Five things to know about the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine

Cheap and easy to store, the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine has given a significant boost to the global fight against coronavirus but also been hit by controversy.

Here are five facts about the much-anticipated vaccine.

Practicality
The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine has the major advantages of being inexpensive, costing about £2.50 ($3.40, 2.75 euros) per dose, and easy to store.

It can be kept at normal refrigerator temperatures of between two and eight degrees Celsius (36-46 Fahrenheit), making it ideal for large-scale vaccination programmes, with both India and Argentina recently approving its use…