THD NewsDesk, London: AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company said it had “voluntarily paused” a random clinical examination on Tuesday, 8th of September. A regular procedure of coronavirus vaccine trials led to an unexplained illness on a volunteer.
The company is partnering with the University of Oxford is developing the drug. The drug is a front-runner in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine.
A spokesperson said, “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 the review of safety data by an independent committee.”
“This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials.”
In extensive trials, sickness rarely happens expectedly. Though, these illnesses should be examined autonomously in case of grave contingencies. The spokesperson added, “We are working to expedite the review of the single event to minimize any potential impact on the trial timeline.”
The intensity and nature of the patient’s illnesses are not clear. This is the first time that a clinical trial for COVID-19 is being held. AstraZeneca is amongst the nine companies which are in the last stage Phase 3 trials for their vaccine candidates. In the US, the company enrolled 30,000 volunteers across numerous sites on August 31.
The vaccine is called AZD1222. It uses a reduced version of common flu called adenovirus. It is developed to regulate the spike protein that coronavirus uses to invade cells. The vaccination produces protein inside the human body. It catalyzes the immune system of a person infected by the novel coronavirus.
The expected timeline of the emerging vaccination is only expected to surface in the coming year, 2021, as per the health experts. Till then, the population is sustained by hope.