July 20, 2020 / 3:40 PM / 17 days ago

AstraZeneca leaning towards two dose strategy for COVID-19 vaccine - executive

FILE PHOTO: AstraZeneca's head of innovative medicines Mene Pangalos leaves after appearing at a parliamentary business and enterprise committee hearing at Portcullis House in London May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca’s is looking to test two high doses of its experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus in later stage trials rather than focus on approval for single or lower doses of the vaccine, its biopharma chief said on Monday.

“Right now, the safe thing to do is go with two doses, and then we’ll start exploring single doses or lower doses,” Mene Pangalos, executive vice-president for BioPharmaceuticals R&D, told reporters.

Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Edmund Blair

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