Australia’s vaccine hopes have been dealt a blow this morning, with the front-running trial in the UK now on hold following ‘adverse reactions’.
The Astra Zeneca trial, being carried out by the University of Oxford, has had to be put on hold, after a participant had an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
The vaccine is one of two that Australia was hoping to purchase, with deals being done earlier this week so that we could manufacture it here, and roll it out to millions of Aussies for free.
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A statement from Astra Zeneca has confirmed the trial is now on hold.
“As part of the ongoing randomised, controlled global trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our standard review process was triggered and we voluntarily paused vaccination to allow review of safety data by an independent committee.
“This is a routine action which has to happen wherever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials.
“In large trials illnesses will happen by chance but must be independently reviewed to check this carefully.
“We are working to expedite the review of the single event to minimise any potential impact on the trial timeline.
“We are committed to the safety of our participants and the highest standards of conduct in our trials,” the statement reads.
Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth has told Sunrise that this doesn’t affect our deal.