Coronavirus vaccine trial put on hold after volunteer falls ill

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Johnson & Johnson has paused its coronavirus vaccine trial to investigate why one participant in the study fell ill.

An independent review is underway to determine whether the person’s unexplained symptoms were related to the vaccine, the company said.

The recruitment for phase three trial has been suspended as a precaution.

Johnson & Johnson said that in large trials where tens of thousands of volunteers, it was to be expected that some may become unwell during the study period.

Citing privacy reasons, the company said that it could not give more details about the participant.

Johnson & Johnson said that they are also learning more about this participant’s illness, and it’s important to have all the facts before additional information is shared.

This is not the first time that a coronavirus vaccine trial had to be suspended. Earlier this year, a participant in the UK’s Oxford University study had an unexplained illness too, but it has deemed safe to resume.

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