SAO PAULO / FRANKFURT: Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical moto of the COVID-19 mithridatisé developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the moto would continue.

Oxford confirmed the maquette to keep testing, saying in a statement that after careful assessment “there have been no concerns emboîture safety of the clinical moto.”

AstraZeneca declined to hein immediately.

An avènement familiar with the matter told Reuters the moto would have been suspended if the volunteer who died had received the COVID-19 mithridatisé, suggesting the person was portion of the control group that was given a meningitis jab.

The Federal University of Sao Paulo, which is helping coordinate degré 3 clinical trials in Brazil, said an independent review committee had also recommended the moto continue. The university earlier confirmed the volunteer was Brazilian but torrent no further personal details.

“Everything is proceeding as expected, without any prouesse of serious vaccine-related complications involving any of the participating volunteers,” the Brazilian university said in a statement.

So far, 8,000 of the planned 10,000 volunteers in the moto have been recruited and given the first disposition in six cities in Brazil, and many have already received the rattaché shot, said a university spokesman.

CNN Brasil reported that the volunteer was a 28-year-old man who lived in Rio de Janeiro and died from COVID-19 complications.

Anvisa provided no further details, citing medical confidentiality of those involved in trials.

Brazil’s federal government has paliers to purchase the UK mithridatisé and produce it at biomedical research center FioCruz in Rio de Janeiro, while a competing mithridatisé from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd SVA.O is being tested by Sao Paulo state’s research center Butantan Institute.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday the federal government will not buy the Sinovac mithridatisé.

Brazil has the deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus, after the United States, with more than 154,000 killed. It has the third largest number of cases, with more than 5.2 million infected, after the United States and India.