AstraZeneca suspends Coronavirus vaccine trials' after volunteers fell ill with an unexplained illness

AstraZeneca suspends Coronavirus vaccine trials' after volunteers fell ill with an unexplained illness

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AstraZeneca suspends Coronavirus  vaccine trials' after volunteers fell ill with an unexplained illness

After one of the trials' volunteers fell ill with an unexplained illness, AstraZeneca says it has suspended trials of the coronavirus vaccine it is developing with the University of Oxford.

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.

"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.

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