UM to Conduct Clinical Trial to Test AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

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The trial is being conducted under USA government's Operation Warp Speed program, which aims to accelerate development, manufacturing and distribution of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

AstraZeneca Plc has actually started a massive human trial of its coronavirus vaccine in the USA, the business stated in a declaration, with strategies to register as numerous as 30,000 grownups to test the shot.

"That's joining another group of vaccines that are very close to the end, and hopefully, approval", he added.

"The 26% shortfall in vaccine confidence is significant enough to compromise the effectiveness of rolling out a Covid-19 vaccine", said Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare at the World Economic Forum, in a statement.

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"In the United States, we're doing things that nobody thought would have been even possible".

He commented that the process could have lasted for years but it is his government's administration that it is happening merely in months.

The trial will enroll approximately 30,000 adult volunteers at 80 sites in the U.S. Participants over 18 years of age will be randomly assigned to the investigational vaccine group (20,000) or placebo group (10,000) and will receive two injections approximately four weeks apart.

The United Kingdom-based global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is leading the trial as regulatory sponsor. The directors of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) charged the panel with devising the plan in late June.

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AstraZeneca also restated that it has increased its production capacity for AZD1222 toward 3 billion doses of the vaccine, citing supply announcements covering Russia, South Korea, Japan, China, Latin America, and Brazil.

The company was spun off in 1995 from the University of Oxford, which developed the vaccine before licensing it to AstraZeneca in April. It is created to accelerate the development of a life-saving vaccine to prevent COVID-19, while maintaining standards for safety and efficacy. However, in most countries, those who agree outnumber those who disagree by a significant margin, the WEF said while announcing the survey results.

The US has so far recorded 6,030,782 coronavirus cases and 183,596 fatalities - both the numbers highest in the world.

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