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After coming under fire for vaccine safety, AstraZeneca releases trial blueprints.
AstraZeneca revealed details of its large coronavirus vaccine trial on Saturday, the third in a wave of rare disclosures by drug companies under pressure to be more transparent about how they are testing products that are the world’s best hope for ending the pandemic.
Polls are finding Americans increasingly wary of accepting a virus vaccine. And scientists inside and outside the government are worried that regulators, pressured by President Trump for results before Election Day on Nov. 3, might release an unproven or unsafe vaccine.
“The release of these protocols seems to reflect some public pressure to do so,” said Natalie Dean, a biostatistician and expert in clinical trial design for vaccines at the University of Florida. “This is an unprecedented situation, and public confidence is such a huge part of the success of this endeavor.”
Pfizer and Moderna revealed details of their vaccine trials on Thursday.
Experts have been particularly concerned about AstraZeneca’s trialsbecause of the company’s refusal to provide details about serious neurological illnesses in two participants, both women, who received its experimental vaccine in Britain, where the company’s trials began in April.
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