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It noted that a study pause, which is initiated by the study sponsor and not normally communicated to the public, is not the same as a regulatory hold of a clinical trial, which is required by a health authority.

J& J declined to elaborate on the illness due to privacy concerns.

Illustrative: In this March 16, 2020 file photo, a pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.

Jewish people are being asked to take part in coronavirus vaccine trials.

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The company says it has enrolled 37,864 people so far in the trial, which is a crucial step in the process of determining whether the vaccine is safe and effective.

The company announced in September that it had bought a new manufacturing site to ramp up production once its vaccine gets approval.

Johnson's Phase 3 trial started in September and it id one of six coronavirus vaccines being tested in the U.S., and one of four in the most advanced, Phase 3 stage.

That trial was stopped when a woman developed severe neurological symptoms consistent with transverse myelitis, a rare inflammation of the spinal cord, the company has said.

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The UAE's health minister said that the Gulf state's high degree of demographic diversity made it an advantageous location to hold a vaccine trial. This prompted the company to start the large scale trial, with results expected by the end of this year or early 2021.

BioNtech and Pfizer, AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, US-based Moderna (MRNA), Novavax (NVAX), Johnson&Johnson (JNJ), and Germany's CureVac (CVAC) are frontrunners in the vaccine-development race.

The vaccine is one of the most advanced Western projects, having already been tested on tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide.

On Sunday, in a significant announcement, the Union Health Minister said that Covid-19 vaccines now under trial in India will be administered in two or three doses.

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"But I am extremely confident that when we go into next winter we will do so in a remarkably better place".

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