Attempts at Astra Zeneca and Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine will be resumed after being paused due to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK.
On September 8, AstraZeneca said studies were paused as it investigated whether the side effect was related to the vaccine.
On September 12, however, Oxford University said it was considered safe to continue.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the news that the trials would be resumed.
He said: “This pause shows that we will always put safety first. We will support our scientists to deliver an effective vaccine as soon as possible. “
Oxford University said in a statement that some participants were “expected” to fall ill in major trials like this one.
The university added that the studies could now be resumed following the recommendations of an independent safety review committee and the UK regulatory body, the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency.
He will not disclose information about the patient’s illness for reasons of confidentiality.
whatever New York Times reported that a volunteer in a study in the UK was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and can be caused by viral infections.
The WHO says nearly 180 vaccine candidates are being tested worldwide, but none have yet completed clinical trials.
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There were high hopes that the vaccine could be one of the first to appear on the market after successful Phase 1 and 2 testing.
The transition to phase 3 testing in recent weeks involves about 30,000 participants in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. Phase 3 trials in vaccines often involve thousands of participants and can last for several years.
According to official figures released on September 12, another 3,477 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK. For the second day in a row, the number of daily registered cases exceeds 3,000.
The total number of confirmed cases so far reaches 365,174. Meanwhile, government figures have revealed that nine more people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test, resulting in a death toll in the UK of 41,623.