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An AstraZeneca executive said the prospect of offering a new treatment to prevent Covid-19 could position the British drugmaker as a supplier of both vaccines and drugs which guard against the infectious disease.
The remarks by executive Mene Pangalos this morning, after antibody drug AZD7442 was shown to prevent COVID-19 in a trial, came after another leading executive, Ruud Dobber, said last month that different options were being explored for the vaccine operations, which stem from a collaboration with Oxford University.
Two months into New South Wales’s Delta outbreak, the premier has toughened and extended greater Sydney’s lockdown and introduced a curfew in the western suburbs, declaring “it is time for all of us to bunker down and take this as seriously as we can”.
NSW health authorities reported 644 local Covid cases and four deaths on Friday. Gladys Berejiklian said two factors were behind a raft of new restrictions, including a state-wide mask mandate and expanded police powers – surging case numbers and compliance breaches.