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COVID-19 vaccine trial halted at UW Health – WKOW

MADISON (WKOW) — The COVID-19 vaccine trial underway at multiple locations, including UW Health, is on hold after one participant in the United Kingdom suffered a serious adverse reaction.

A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed to 27 News the trial was put on hold Tuesday and would pause new enrollments in the study.

Stat, a health news website, reported that the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford was the one to cause the reaction. The report did not specify the severity or rarity of the reaction.

The vaccine study at UW Health was in the third and final phase of testing before going to the Food and Drug Administration for approval.

In response, nine pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, released a joint pledge to prioritize safety in their COVID-19 vaccines.

The pledge included four points:

  • Always make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals our top priority.
  • Continue to adhere to high scientific and ethical standards regarding the conduct of clinical trials and the rigor of manufacturing processes.
  • Only submit for approval or emergency use authorization after demonstrating safety and efficacy through a Phase 3 clinical study that is designed and conducted to meet requirements of expert regulatory authorities such as FDA.
  • Work to ensure a sufficient supply and range of vaccine options, including those suitable for global access.

“We believe this pledge will help ensure public confidence in the rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which COVID-19 vaccines are evaluated and may ultimately be approved,” the companies wrote.

Every day, we follow the science in seeking safe & effective solutions for patients. Along with our fellow Biopharma leaders, #WeStandWithScience in the development of a potential #COVID19 vaccine. We are also committed to broad & equitable access of the vaccine around the world.

— AstraZenecaUS (@AstraZenecaUS) September 8, 2020

UW Health announced at the end of August that it became one of the first sites in the country to begin testing the vaccine. At the time, the hospital said it would recruit 1,600 people to participate in the trail.

Those who joined the study had a one-in-three chance of receiving a placebo instead of the trial vaccine.

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