Perspectives: The Safety and Practicality of COVID-19 Vaccine Development
Headline Roundup October 13th, 2020
Two COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine development trials, from healthcare firms Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, have been paused in recent days due to reported adverse reactions among test subjects. Both development processes were in the final stages; such pauses are reportedly common in large-scale medical trials and studies. The news was accompanied by opinions expressed on each side about the coronavirus vaccine development process, the dire nature of the pandemic, and the politicization of the overall situation.
Some voices on the left expressed skepticism about the apparently rapid process, urging caution and criticizing the president for allegedly weaponizing health and science for political purposes. Tuesday morning, Republicans Reps. Brett Guthrie (Ky.) and Larry Bucshon (Ind.) penned an op-ed in The Hill highlighting how vaccine developers and the Trump administration are purportedly working in close partnership to adhere to safety and minimize risks while producing a viable vaccine as fast as possible.
A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot.
The company said in a statement Monday evening that illnesses, accidents and other so-called adverse events “are an expected part of any clinical study, especially large studies,” but that its physicians and a safety monitoring panel would try to determine what might have caused the illness.
The pause is at least the second such hold to occur among several vaccines that have...
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