AZ and NIH disagree

On something. That something isn't clear.

Well, this sure makes things interesting. At midnight, the NIH (specifically, an NIH subunit called National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NIAID]) released this statement…

It’s HIGHLY unusual for the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) and a vaccine sponsor (AstraZeneca) to publicly (or privately in that matter) disagree. We (scientists and the general public) don’t have access to the raw data, so I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, but this is concerning. Especially given AstraZeneca’s rocky history throughout the pandemic.

I’m feeding a baby right now, so I can’t make this post pretty, but here’s an old post I wrote about who, exactly, the DSMB is:

Here’s the link to the official NIH statement:

Love, YLE