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AstraZeneca resubmits US data for COVID vaccine after criticism

Oscar Williams-Grut
·Senior City Correspondent, Yahoo Finance UK
·2-min read
A nurse prepares an AstraZeneca vaccine in a Santander health center, after the return of the vaccine in Spain. Photo: Joaquin Gomez Sastre/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A nurse prepares an AstraZeneca vaccine in a Santander health center, after the return of the vaccine in Spain. Photo: Joaquin Gomez Sastre/NurPhoto via Getty Images

AstraZeneca (AZN.L) has re-submitted data for trials of its COVID-19 vaccine in the US, following criticism from official bodies over the quality of data.

AstraZeneca on Thursday said its analysis of Phase 3 trial data of the AZD1222 vaccine was "consistent" with numbers released earlier this week.

The pharmaceutical giant said its vaccine was 76% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID and 100% effective at preventing hospitalisation with the disease. AZD1222 was 85% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID in patients over 65. The trial covered over 32,000 patients.

"This should really address the data integrity discussion," a team of healthcare analysts at UBS said in response to the news.

Resubmission of data follows criticism from official bodies in the US this week.

AstraZeneca released interim results of its Phase 3 trial on Monday, showing the vaccine was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic cases, 100% effective at preventing hospitalisations, and 80% effective for over 65s.

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A day later the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) in the US claimed the results included out-of-date data. The National National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases then called for AstraZeneca to resubmit its data.

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"The primary analysis is consistent with our previously released interim analysis, and confirms that our COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in adults, including those aged 65 years and over," said Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of BioPharmaceuticals R&D at AstraZeneca.

Dr Adam Barker and Dr Tara Raveendran, healthcare analyst at stockbroker Shore Capital, said: "With the caveat that we haven’t seen the full dataset and it is yet to be submitted for peer review (i.e. things can change), the initial primary data analysis is very consistent with the interim data release.

"Although the point estimate (76%) is slightly different from that released earlier (79%), this difference is statistically irrelevant i.e. they are indistinguishable."

Dr Barker and Dr Raveendran said it was "unclear what data has prompted the NIAID’s concerns."

AstraZeneca has submitted the new data to the Data Safety Monitoring Board and hopes to use it as a basis for authorisation of the vaccine by the US Food and Drug Administration.

"We look forward to filing our regulatory submission for Emergency Use Authorization in the US and preparing for the rollout of millions of doses across America," Pangalos said.

Shares in AstraZeneca were broadly unchanged in London.

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