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Astrazeneca is confident that there may still be a vaccine before the end of the year

London / AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said Thursday that the COVID-19 vaccine that the pharmaceutical company develops with the University of Oxford could still be available by the end of the year despite the interruption of trials.

The manager had a virtual meeting with the media on Thursday after the tests of the last phase were interrupted when one of the volunteers suffered an “unexpected and inexplicable” adverse reaction.

This possible vaccine, considered one of the most advanced developed in the world, was in the final stages of clinical trials before receiving authorization from regulatory bodies to proceed with immunizing the population.

Despite this setback, Soriot hoped to have a vaccine available before the end of 2020, although he did not specify when the trials will resume.

“I think we can still have a vaccine before the end of this year or early next year,” he said.

Soriot further stressed that discontinuations of clinical trials of this type due to “adverse events” are not unusual.

“Actually, it is very common and many experts will corroborate it,” said the manager in this regard, while clarifying that “the difference with other vaccine trials is that the rest of the world is not looking at them. They stop, study and resume them ”.

He noted that the manufacturing capacity for the global distribution of the vaccine should be ready by early 2021 and that the company wants it to be available to all regions of the world at the same time. (September 11, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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una vacuna que todavía no ha comenzado a probarse en humanos.
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una vacuna que se está desarrollando contra la COVID-19.
C
una vacuna contra la COVID-19 que ya se está fabricando de forma masiva para vacunar a toda la población.
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En el texto se dice que...
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se espera que esa vacuna pueda estar disponible antes de que acabe este año.
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ningún voluntario ha tenido una reacción adversa a esa vacuna que está desarrollando la universidad de Oxford.
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AstraZeneca asegura que los ensayos clínicos de esas vacunas concluirán en diciembre del año que viene.
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no es raro que se interrumpa un ensayo clínico a causa de una reacción adversa.
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esa vacuna contra la COVID-19 no está muy avanzada en su desarrollo.
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los investigadores explicaron detalladamente el motivo de esa reacción adversa que tuvo ese voluntario.
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Esta es la única vacuna contra la COVID-19 que se está desarrollando en todo el mundo.
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No se sabe.
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Falso.
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Verdadero.
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ningún investigador lleva gafas protectoras.
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nadie lleva la mascarilla puesta para protegerse de la COVID-19.
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hay investigadores trabajando en un laboratorio.
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