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Coronavirus vaccine trial volunteer dies in Brazil

– – A coronavirus vaccine trial participant has died. The volunteer was involved in trials into a jab from Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The tragic news was confirmed by Brazil’s health authority on Wednesday, October 21. An investigation has been launched but no safety concerns have been raised, according to scientists. The volunteer was Brazilian and was taking part in the trials at The Federal University of Sao Paolo, the Mirror reports. – – University staff would not reveal where the participant lived. It has not yet been confirmed if the person’s death…

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Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trial halted over ‘unexplained illness’

– – Another major drug producer, Johnson & Johnson has announced that it has paused its COVID-19 vaccine trial. The announcement on Monday night according to the company is due to one of the volunteers coming down with an “unexplained illness.” In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said that under its guidelines, the “participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated” by the study’s independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB), as well as internal clinical and safety physicians. It said “adverse events — illnesses, accidents, etc. — even those that are…

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Uganda to undertake human trials of Covid-19 vaccine

– – Uganda’s government has said that human trials of a Covid-19 vaccine will start in November this year. Ministry of health officials are reported by local media as saying that a vaccine, called Self Replicating RNA, has already been developed. The vaccine was developed under a partnership between Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Imperial College in the UK. The head of Uganda’s presidential taskforce on epidemics, Monica Musenero, said the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans. She said if successful, extra 100 to 200 people will…

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