Volunteer for coronavirus vaccine trial dies in Brazil

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A young volunteer in the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial has died in Brazil.

According to Brazilian news site Globo, the 28-year-old participant passed away ‘as a result of complications from Covid-19’ on Thursday.

Brazil’s health authority, Anvisa, and Oxford University confirmed the death but said the clinical trials will continue.

Oxford said an independent review had revealed there were ‘no safety concerns’ with the vaccine.

Anvisa nor the laboratory have confirmed whether the volunteer received a placebo dose or the real vaccine.

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