Clinical trials were put on hold for the new drug. In response shares in AstraZeneca, the company making the vaccine, collapsed.
The suspension took place after at least one of the people taking part in the trial became ill.
In a statement AstraZeneca said: “As part of the ongoing randomised, controlled global trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety date.
“This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials.
“In large trials illnesses will happen by chance but must be independently reviewed to check this carefully.
Shares in drugs company AstraZeneca have collapsed
Gatherings of more than six people in England are to be banned
“We are working to expedite the review of the single event to minimize any potential impact on the trial timeline.
“We are committed to the safety of our participants and the highest standards conducted in our trials.”
Following the announcement shares in AstraZeneca fell by nearly eight percent though they later made a partial recovery.
Tensions over vaccine approval surged after President Trump indicated he could shortcut the regulatory process for use in the United States.
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In response to this, and similar warnings from other countries, nine of the biggest vaccine developers released a joint statement pledging not to seek approval for any vaccine before extensive testing.
Those who signed the statement included AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Moderna and Pfizer.
In the letter they said: “We believe this pledge will help ensure public confidence in the rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which COVID-19 vaccines are evaluated and may ultimately be approved.”
It comes as fears surge of a second COVID-19 wave breaking out across the UK.
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The Government has announced that from Monday social gatherings of more than six people in England will be made illegal.
Those who break this rule face a fine of £100 doubling for each offence up to £3,200.
Additional details are expected to be announced by Boris Johnson at a Downing Street press conference.
In a statement the Prime Minister said: “We need to act now to stop the virus spreading.
“So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.
“It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.”
Mr Johnson added any social group of more than six people “risks being dispersed by police or fined for non-compliance”.
“We need to act now to stop the virus spreading”
The new measures were introduced after a sharp rise in reported coronavirus infections across the UK.
On Monday authorities announced an additional 2,948 new cases following 2,988 cases on Sunday.
Britain has seen more confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country in Europe.
Source:Daily Express :: UK Feed