AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness
Posted at 5:58 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 18:58:47-04

Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a patient had a serious side effect linked to the shot. In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the company said it was pausing vaccinations to look into “a potentially unexplained illness," to see if the link is real or a coincidence.

Temporary halts in medical studies aren't uncommon.

Two other vaccines are in huge, final-stage tests in the United States. One is made by Moderna and the other by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech.

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