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CanSino's COVID-19 vaccine candidate approved for military use in China

Chinese COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in human trials Details here 28 Jun 2020 Chinese COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in human trials Details here Written by Shubham Sharma Science
Bennie Garza | 29 June, 2020, 19:27

Beijing, June 28 (SocialNews.XYZ) A Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by a Beijing unit of China National Biotec Group (CNBG) has shown positive results in early human trials, the company said on Sunday.

Chinese companies and researchers have been allowed to test eight vaccine candidates in humans at home and overseas, making China a major front-runner in the race to develop a shot against the virus that has killed almost 500,000 people globally.

Only China is pushing out "inactivated" vaccines, made by growing the new coronavirus and killing it. Vaccines by Sinovac Biotech and SinoPharm use that old-fashioned technology, which requires high-security labs to produce but is dependable, the way polio shots and some flu vaccines are made. Now, China's Central Military Commission has approved the use of the drug by the military on June 25th for one year.

The vaccine was jointly produced by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics Inc and Institute of Biotechnology under the Academy of Military Medical Sciences. Trials started on 17 March.

In an interview with Chemical and Engineering News, Wistar Institute scientist Hildegund C.J. Ertl, who works on adenoviral vector vaccines, said, "It is not great, but it is better than nothing". In their place, a piece of DNA that codes for the coronavirus spike protein is inserted.

"We will do it at various sites with a certain degree of flexibility" so that the researchers can change rapidly as the virus moves, Fauci said.

It was not clear how widely the potential vaccine will be used within China's enormous military establishment.

The Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials showed the vaccine candidate has potential to prevent diseases caused by the coronavirus, which has killed half a million people globally, but its commercial success can not be guaranteed, the company said.

According to medical journal The Lancet there have already been more than 1,000 clinical trials on dozens of pharmaceutical treatments for the virus but no totally effective medical intervention has been found. General Gustave Perna, who leads this operation, has said recently that the USA would be willing to work with "any nation that offers cooperation or information relevant to developing vaccines", adding that this would not include China.

None have yet been approved for commercial use against the coronavirus.

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