WHO Chief Scientist says Oxford vaccine pause is a wake-up callSeptember 11, 2020 10:38
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AstraZeneca along with the University of Oxford is developing a vaccine for the coronavirus and the vaccine is in the final stages of human clinical trials. But in a sudden shock, the clinical trials are kept on hold after one of the volunteers suffered unknown sickness. Sowmya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) told that this incident is a wake-up call but this should not discourage the researchers of the other scientists and the organizations that are conducting the human trials. Sowmya Swaminathan participated in a virtual briefing during which she made these comments. She said that several governments are desperately waiting for the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine which created tremors across the globe.
WHO flagged AstraZeneca as the most promising vaccine that was developed in association with Oxford University. It is heard that a British volunteer suffered neurological symptoms after which the trials across the world are put on hold. Mike Ryan, the head of WHO Emergencies said that it is a race against the virus and to save the lives. He said that it is not the race to compete between the companies and stand in a hurry. As per the Reuters, over 27.95 million people are infected with coronavirus across the world. USA, India and Brazil are the most impacted countries because of the coronavirus.