As­traZeneca's vac­cine hit its first road­block with In­di­an reg­u­la­tors. Will lin­ger­ing doubts de­rail its plans else­where?

British drug­mak­er As­traZeneca is al­ready run­ning be­hind ear­ly com­peti­tors in the hunt for a Covid-19 vac­cine with in­ter­im da­ta that have re­ceived less-than-stel­lar feed­back. With those da­ta in hand, In­dia has said “no thanks” to an ear­ly ap­proval for the shot, po­ten­tial­ly set­ting the stage for even more set­backs.

On Tues­day, In­di­an reg­u­la­tors re­fused to grant As­traZeneca’s ade­n­ovirus-based Covid-19 vac­cine an emer­gency use au­tho­riza­tion based on a dearth of ad­e­quate safe­ty and ef­fi­ca­cy da­ta, Reuters re­port­ed, cit­ing lo­cal broad­cast­er NDTV.

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