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AstraZeneca shares are not among the top risers on the FTSE 100, but the stock is still up 1.7% this morning.
It comes as the first dose of the vaccine it created with Oxford university was given to a patient this morning. It is part of the UK’s larger inoculation efforts:
Brian Pinker aged 82 who is on dialysis for kidney disease is the first person to receive the Oxford University-Astrazeneca vaccine at Oxford University Hospital as the NHS becomes the first health service in the world to deliver this vaccine
Major indexes have had a strong start, all up around 1% at the start of trading: