On Friday, AstraZeneca said it resumed the late-stage clinical trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The trial was suspended after researchers reported a serious neurological disorder, called transverse myelitis, in one of the participants.
The National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil, called ANVISA, has confirmed the death of one volunteer who was involved in the clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Officials are investigating the death of the participant, who was a 28-year-old doctor.
The BMJ associated editor, Peter Doshi, has recently said that the ongoing Phase III or late-stage trials are not designated to tell us whether they will save lives. He also raised concerns over why the trials are not assessing the vaccine’s efficacy for severe COVID-19 infection and in the elderly, children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised people.
A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that COVID-19 infection is much deadlier than flu infection for hospitalized patients. The study also found that hospitalized COVID-19 patients were 5 times more likely to die compared to hospitalized flu patients.
CoronaVac, an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech, is safe, says Brazil’s leading biomedical research center called São Paulo's Butantan Institute. The vaccine candidate has been found safe for most participants in the Phase III clinical trial that is currently taking place in Brazil.
A new case study has found that the first UK patient has experienced sudden hearing loss due to the COVID-19 infection, suggesting that clinicians should check for the condition in people infected with the novel coronavirus. The details of the case have been described in the BMJ Case Reports.
A leaked NHS document has revealed that the hospitals in Greater Manchester are running out of critical care beds for treating patients with serious COVID-19 illness. The document that the city’s hospitals would soon run out of beds, prompting officials to take the necessary action as soon as possible.