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AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine volunteer dies in Brazil

The British-Swedish multinational is developing the vaccine in cooperation with Oxford University.

A volunteer at the Emilio Ribas Institute for Infectiology of Sao Paulo receives a newly developed coronavirus vaccine. Photo: Andre Lucas/dpa.
A volunteer at the Emilio Ribas Institute for Infectiology of Sao Paulo receives a newly developed coronavirus vaccine. Photo: Andre Lucas/dpa.

A volunteer in a clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca has died, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) confirmed on Wednesday.

The British-Swedish multinational is developing the vaccine in cooperation with Oxford University.

CNN Brazil reported that the volunteer was a 28-year-old man from Rio de Janeiro and that he died from complications related to Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

But the newspaper O Globo said he had received a placebo instead of the vaccine, quoting unnamed sources.

Tests were due to continue while the case was being evaluated.

In September, AstraZeneca temporarily paused trials of the vaccine after a participant fell ill.

Brazil has confirmed more than 5.2 million coronavirus infections, the third-highest number worldwide.

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