"We can't comment much on the United Kingdom trials", Serum Institute India (SII) said in a statement adding, "as far as Indian trials are concerned, it is continuing and we have faced no issues at all".
What Happened: The company said the stopping of the trial was a routine action after any participant develops an unexplained illness, according to Reuters.The British drugmaker reportedly said it is working so that the review can be carried out expeditiously without impacting the trial's timeline.
A spokesperson told Stat News that the team will be looking thoroughly into the issue as the "standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data".More news: Man U's Mason Greenwood Apologizes for Sneaking Icelandic Model Into Team Hotel
The company spokesperson also added that in large trials, illnesses will sometimes happen by chance but must be reviewed independently.
The nature and severity of illness or where the patient was not clear immediately.
Brazil's health authority said later on Tuesday that AstraZeneca had halted the clinical trial and that it was waiting for more information on why, seemingly corroborating the report in STAT.
The companies said they would only seek emergency authorizations for their vaccines "after demonstrating safety and efficacy through a Phase 3 clinical study that is designed and conducted to meet requirements of expert regulatory authorities".More news: AstraZeneca suspends leading COVID-19 vaccine trials after a participant's illness
"The ethics committees for the Indian sites should be intervening", he told News18.
Pausing vaccine trials "is not an unusual occurrence... and as a effect the vaccine's arrival may be delayed" across the region, said Hugo Lopez Gatell, Mexico's undersecretary for health, at a press conference on the latest development.
On the disruption of trials of Oxford University's vaccine candidate, which has been touted as a front runner, Professor Ashish Jha wrote on Twitter "We have no idea whether this is a big deal or not". Science is hard. This is why we have to let the trials play out. I remain optimistic we will have a vaccine found to be safe and effective in upcoming months. "But optimism isn't evidence".More news: 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 3 Trailer: "Welcome to the Future"