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- AstraZeneca says it has suspended trials of the coronavirus vaccine it is developing with the University of Oxford after one of the trials’ volunteers fell ill with an unexplained illness.
- Nearly 27.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 894,796 have died. More than 18.4 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Wednesday, September 9
00:45 GMT – ‘Safety is the prority’: Reactions to AstraZeneca vaccine trial suspension
Lots of reactions have been coming in to the news that the Phase III trials of AstraZeneca’s potential vaccine have been suspended.
Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth says he is “not worried about it” and that the temporary halt does not mean the vaccine is “off the table”.
“In some respects this is a very positive thing because it shows that despite the accelerated vaccine development, safety is the priority of the clinical trialists and investigators,” Coatsworth told Sky News.
Similar views are being shared by doctors and health experts on social media.
We have no idea whether this is a big deal or not
Science is hard. This is why we have to let the trials play out
I remain optimistic we will have a vaccine found to be safe and effective in upcoming months.
But optimism isn’t evidence
Let’s let science drive this process. https://t.co/1fBbMybC9W
— Ashish K. Jha (@ashishkjha) September 8, 2020
Hmmm—Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trial temporarily suspended because of 1 adverse event. “hold was placed on trial out of “an abundance of caution”
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) September 8, 2020
00:00 GMT – AstraZeneca vaccine trial suspended for safety review
AstraZeneca says it has “voluntarily paused” a clinical trial of the vaccine it is developing with the University of Oxford after one of the volunteers developed an unexplained illness.
“As part of the ongoing randomized, 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,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
The vaccine has been seen as one of the most promising of those in development. You can read more on the suspension here.
UK coronavirus vaccine triggers immune response in trials
23:30 GMT (Tuesday) – Australia’s Victoria reports 76 new cases, 11 deaths
Victoria has reported 76 new cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths over the past 24 hours.
The state in southeastern Australia has imposed a strict lockdown and curfew in Melbourne to try and bring the disease under control.
#COVID19VicData for 9 September, 2020.
Yesterday there were 76 new cases reported and we are sad to report 11 lives lost. Our condolences to all those affected. More information will be available later today. pic.twitter.com/ikKiuRV4ZW
— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) September 8, 2020
Read all the updates from yesterday (September 8) here.
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