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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial Brazil volunteer dies, trial to continue

By: Reuters | Sao Paolo |

October 21, 2020 11:53:20 pm


Brazilian newspaper reported that the volunteer had been given a placebo and never the trial vaccine.

Brazilian well being authority Anvisa stated on Wednesday {that a} volunteer in a scientific trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford College had died however added that the trial would proceed.

Oxford confirmed the plan to maintain testing, saying in an announcement that after cautious evaluation “there have been no considerations about security of the scientific trial.”

Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported that the volunteer had been given a placebo and never the trial vaccine, citing unnamed sources. Anvisa offered no additional particulars, citing medical confidentiality of these concerned in trials. AstraZeneca declined quick remark.

The Federal College of Sao Paulo, which helps coordinate part three scientific trials in Brazil, individually stated the volunteer was Brazilian with out revealing the place the individual lived.

AstraZeneca shares fell 1.7%. The federal authorities has plans to buy the UK vaccine and produce it at its biomedical analysis middle FioCruz in Rio de Janeiro, whereas a competing vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd is being examined by Sao Paulo state’s analysis middle Butantan Institute.

Brazil has the second deadliest outbreak of coronavirus, with greater than 154,000 killed by COVID-19, following america. It has the third largest variety of instances, with greater than 5.2 million contaminated, after america and India.

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