Serum Institute of India (SII) on Thursday said it is pausing clinical trials of AstraZeneca Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the country.
"We are reviewing the situation and pausing India trials till AstraZeneca restarts the trials," SII said in a statement.
Earlier this week, AstraZeneca said it had paused the trials because of 'an unexplained illness' in a participant in the study.
Breaking. Major set back for fight against #COVID19. The Serum Institute of India said, "We are reviewing the situation & pausing India trials till AstraZeneca restarts the trials. Following DCGI's instructions & will not be able to comment further on trials." @NewIndianXpress— Sudhir Suryawanshi (@ss_suryawanshi) September 10, 2020
However, SII on Wednesday said it was continuing with the trials and had not faced any issues.
SII's latest announcement also comes against the backdrop of the central drug regulator DCGI issuing a show-cause notice to SII for not informing it about AstraZeneca pausing the clinical trials of the Oxford vaccine candidate in other countries.
(Inputs from ENS, PTI)