Oxford University resumes vaccine trial

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An AstraZeneca spokesperson previously described the decision as a "routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness" in a trial.

The firm said in the statement that the committee had concluded its investigations and informed the British health authorities that it is safe to resume trials in the UK.

In a press release this afternoon confirming the resumption of the trials, Oxford University said the pause had given time for a "review of safety data by an independent safety review committee, and the national regulators". All trial investigators and participants will be updated with the relevant information and this will be disclosed on global clinical registries, according to the clinical trial and regulatory standards. Sources told the news agency that enrollment of new patients and other trial procedures for the pivotal United States trial was being rescheduled until at least midweek and that it was not clear how long it would take for the FDA to complete its probe.

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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. It stated that globally, some 18,000 individuals have received study vaccines as part of the trial.

Trials for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine had been restarted in the previous week after seeking permission from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). Russian Federation then announced that it would conduct the trials on over 40,000 people to prove the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

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