Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Paused Due to Illness in Participant

Pfizer may seek emergency use for COVID vaccine in November

Johnson & Johnson announced Monday that it would pause its coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine trial after one of its volunteers experienced an "unexplained illness". "It's really cramming three to six months worth of strategic discussions. into 30 days", she says.

The development comes as Mr Putin seeks to play a leading role in battling the global pandemic that has hit Russian Federation particularly hard. Bio Farma, a state-owned firm in Indonesia which has reached a deal for at least 40 million doses from Sinovac, said this week the vaccine will cost around 200,000 rupiah ($13.60) per dose when it becomes available in the southeast Asian country.

Now, public health officials across the country are rushing to finalize initial draft plans for a coronavirus vaccine to be distributed, if it's approved, and grapple with a host of unknowns as they try to develop a system for the vaccine pass it on to everyone who wants it. Russian Federation has had more than 1.3 million infections, the fourth highest globally after the United States, India and Brazil, and added a record 14,231 new cases over the last day.

Even the most effective and safest coronavirus vaccine can only contain the spread of the virus if large numbers of people are vaccinated. When the Food and Drug Administration recently said that vaccine trials must allow two months after the last experimental dose was administered, these instructions "change" the schedule again.

Final-stage testing of a vaccine made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University remains on hold in the US, though it has restarted elsewhere.

A cheap campaign is being run in Russian Federation so that the vaccine being prepared by the scientists of Oxford University can be declared wrong.

"A COVID-19 vaccine may be imminent; therefore, we're ensuring we have the right policies in place to be able to remove misinformation related to a COVID-19 vaccine", a YouTube rep said in a statement.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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