Astrazeneca CEO says COVID vaccine should work against severe disease

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FILE PHOTO: Pascal Soriot, chief executive officer of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, attends an interview with Reuters in Shanghai

GENEVA (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's Chief Executive said on Tuesday that the results of a study showing its COVID-19 vaccine had little effect against mild disease were concerning but stressed that it should work against severe forms.

"It is of course a concern," Pascal Soriot said of the study at a World Health Organization meeting. "Having said that the patients in the study were patients with mild disease and we believe the vaccine should still protect against severe disease."

AstraZeneca is a major supplier to a WHO-backed vaccine-sharing scheme called COVAX.

(Reporting by Emma Farge, John Miller and Michael Shields)