COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Volunteer in India Develops Encephalopathy and Sues

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Volunteer in India Develops Encephalopathy and Sues

A 40-year old business consultant in India, who volunteered to be a participant in clinical trials of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine (Covishield) created by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is suing Serum Institute of India (SII), which is producing the vaccine in India, for 50 million rupees ($680,000) after he developed acute encephalopathy (brain dysfunction) within […]

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Story Highlights International Air Transport Association has developed a mobile application called IATA Travel Pass for passengers. The Travel Pass is a “digital passport” that will enable airlines to track passengers’ COVID-19 testing and vaccination status before boarding planes. North American airlines have not made a public comment on whether COVID-19 vaccination will be required […]

Brazil Halts and Re-Starts Phase 3 Clinical Trials of Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine

Brazil Halts and Re-Starts Phase 3 Clinical Trials of Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine

Brazil briefly stopped clinical trials of CoronaVac, the Chinese-made experimental vaccine for COVID-19, after a death among trial participants was reported on Nov 9, 2020. The Bhutantan Institute in San Paulo, Brazil had been conducting Phase 3 trials with more than 10,000 volunteers when the study was halted.1 However, within days, Bhutantan officials announced they […]

How COVID-19 Vaccine Trials are Designed

How COVID-19 Vaccine Trials are Designed

There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not the fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine will in fact be safe and effective. While vaccine makers insist that any vaccine reaching the market will have undergone rigorous testing, the way trial protocols are designed suggests these vaccines may leave a lot to be desired. As reported1 by […]

A Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Has Died in Brazil

A volunteer in one of the most advanced coronavirus vaccine trials in the world has died and, despite the news, AstraZeneca’s testing continues. … A major setback in the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Of  course, I’m not going to get a vaccine if they don’t know what the hell you’re working with. A […]

Pharma’s Public Pledge On COVID-19 Vaccines

Pharma’s Public Pledge On COVID-19 Vaccines

On Sept. 8, 2020, nine pharmaceutical companies working on COVID-19 vaccines signed a pledge saying they would not submit their experimental vaccines to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unless they were shown to be both safe and efficacious in the Phase 3 human clinical trials.1 2 3 4 5 The pledge, signed by […]

Brazilian Doctor Dies Participating in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Brazilian Doctor Dies Participating in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Story Highlights A COVID-19 vaccine trial participant, who was a physician working with COVID-19 patients at hospitals in Brazil, has reportedly died from coronavirus infection complications. It has not been confirmed, but sources indicate the victim was given the trial “placebo” (a meningococcal vaccine) and not the experimental AZD1222 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca […]

Pfizer Wants to Use Children in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Pfizer Wants to Use Children in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

On Oct. 14, 2020, Pfizer, Inc. of New York City, New York announced it had received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enroll children in the Phase 3 human clinical trial on its experimental messenger RNA (ribonucleic acid) BNT162b1 vaccine for COVID-19. The trial, which last month was expanded to include adolescent […]

Johnson & Johnson Pauses Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Following ‘Unexplained Illness’

Johnson & Johnson Pauses Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Following ‘Unexplained Illness’

Story Highlights Weeks after Johnson & Johnson announced that their experimental COVID-19 vaccine was in final, Phase 3 testing, the company has paused the study to evaluate an unexplained illness in a study participant. AstraZeneca’s late-stage vaccine trial is also still on pause in the U.S. after two cases of a neurological illness arose in […]

How Will Unhealthy Americans React to COVID-19 Vaccines?

How Will Unhealthy Americans React to COVID-19 Vaccines?

If you look at the human clinical trials that have been conducted this year by drug companies developing experimental vaccines for COVID-19, the participants in those trials have all been “healthy adults.” Take, for example, Moderna’s Phase 1 clinical trial for its mRNA-1273 vaccine, which included 45 healthy adults 18 to 55 years old. The same […]