EU regulator launches real-time review of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

EU regulator launches real-time review of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

A test tube labelled with the Vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration tak
FILE PHOTO: A test tube labelled with the Vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, Sep 9, 2020. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

BRUSSELS: The European health regulator said on Thursday (Oct 1) it started a rolling review of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University, aiming to speed up any future approval process.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said its human medicines committee has started evaluating the first batch of data on the vaccine, and will continue till sufficient data is available and a formal application is submitted.

The news comes just weeks after several global trials of the vaccine were halted due to an unexplained illness in a study participant. US trials are still under review, with regulators widening their probe.

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Source: Reuters/kv

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