AstraZeneca vaccine trial suspended in USA amid concerns over serious complication

China OKs human trials for nasal spray coronavirus vaccine

Oxford vaccine trials to resume

According to Al Owais, the results from the final stages from phase III of the trial, which began on July 16, showcase that the vaccine generates antibodies to the virus and seems to be effective.

Volunteers are expected to receive a second shot of the adenovirus-based viral vector vaccine within 21 days of the first.

The illness that triggered the global pause, which occurred in a woman who was in the vaccine arm of the United Kingdom trial, has not been officially disclosed, though AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot told a group of investors on Wednesday that her symptoms were consistent with transverse myelitis, a serious condition involving inflammation of the spinal cord that can cause muscle weakness, paralysis, pain and bladder problems.

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When will the COVID-19 vaccine be ready? The vaccine's development process has been criticized by some Western countries for its supposedly unsafe rapid development and improper testing.

"On 6 September, the standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees, and worldwide regulators", AstraZeneca said. AstraZeneca announced last Saturday that it had resumed trials in Britain after regulators completed their review of a serious side effect in one trial participant there.

The WHO's chief scientist said the pause in the trials should serve as a "wake-up" call that there would be ups and downs in the development of a vaccine.

AstraZeneca suspends COVID-19 vaccine trials
The AstraZeneca /Oxford partnership is one of the vaccine development efforts against the coronavirus that is furthest along. It has also authorised emergency usage of COVID-19 vaccines developed by some select domestic companies.


The late-stage clinical trial for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine will be suspended in the U.S. for at least several more days, Reuters reported Monday, citing a source familiar with the matter.

"To tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic, we need to develop vaccines and therapies that people feel comfortable using, therefore it is vital to maintaining public trust that we stick to the evidence and do not draw conclusions before information is available", she said.

The institute had said that they were not facing any issues in trials on Wednesday.

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Health Minister Jens Spahn echoed that stance, saying that only vaccines which have been tested on "thousands, ideally many thousands of volunteers in phase 3" would be approved. There has been no confirmation from the concerned authorities in South Africa yet on when the trials will recommence.

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