Updated Mar 23, 2021 - Health

NIAID: AstraZeneca "may have included outdated information" on COVID vaccine

A healthcare worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Pentland Medical Practice on January 7, 2021 in Currie, Scotland.
A healthcare worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine at the Pentland Medical Practice in Currie, Scotland, in January. Photo: Russell Cheyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

NIAID said early Tuesday it's "concerned" that AstraZeneca "may have included outdated information" from a trial of its COVID-19 vaccine that "may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data."

Why it matters: The statement comes after the company announced the vaccine it developed with the University of Oxford was found to be 79% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100% effective against severe disease and hospitalization in a Phase III trial.

  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease added it's urging AstraZeneca to work with its monitoring board "to review the efficacy data and ensure the most accurate, up-to-date efficacy data be made public as quickly as possible."
  • The vaccine has struggled to earn widespread public trust following a pause in clinical trials last September. Some European nations halted the shot over concerns that patients receiving it experienced blood clots.

The big picture: The World Health Organization and over 50 governments have already approved the vaccine, but it has yet to receive authorization from the U.S.

  • AstraZeneca did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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