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First human trial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shows promise, produces immune response

The vaccine did not prompt any serious side effects and elicited antibody and T-cell immune responses

July 21, 2020 / 09:15 AM IST

AstraZeneca's experimental COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced an immune response in early-stage clinical trials in healthy volunteers, data showed on Monday.

The vaccine, called AZD1222 and under development by AstraZeneca and scientists at Britain's Oxford University, did not prompt any serious side effects and elicited antibody and T-cell immune responses, according to trial results published in The Lancet medical journal.

"We hope this means the immune system will remember the virus, so that our vaccine will protect people for an extended period," study lead author Andrew Pollard of the University of Oxford said.