Coronavirus Update: Rapid Restart For AZ’s Vaccine Trial, Pfizer Upsizes Its Phase III
UK Regulator Gives Green Light
Clearance by UK regulator allows trial to restart, with pivotal US trial hoped to follow suit to keep AstraZeneca and Oxford's candidate on track for a potential late 2020 readout. Plus, new results with Sinovac's vaccine in the elderly and progress with antibodies.
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