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The first coronavirus vaccine was just approved for use in one country

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

By Reuters• 29 June 2020 COVID-19 CanSino’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate approved for military use in China By Reuters• 29 June 2020
Patty Aguilar | 29 June, 2020, 23:27

The British drug maker is already carrying out large-scale, mid-stage human trials of the vaccine, which was developed by researchers at Oxford University.

China's military has been given the green light to use a Covid-19 vaccine candidate, after clinical trials yielded positive results.

None has yet been approved for commercial use.

Swaminathan said, "at the moment, we do not have a proven vaccine but if we are lucky, there will be one or two successful candidates before the end of this year". The vaccine will prove to be a breakthrough to contain spread of Covid-19.

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

More than half of 17 candidate vaccines identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) that are in clinical evaluation involve Chinese companies or institutes.

The company says that the formula; known as Ad5-nCoV, is now limited to use by military personnel, and can not be offered to a broader population without the approval of the Logistics Support Department, the division of the Central Military Commission which approved the military use of the vaccine.

But CanSino said that it can not guarantee that the vaccine, which has undergone both phase one and two clinical trials in China, will ultimately be commercialised.

Separately, AMS received an approval earlier this month to test its second experimental coronavirus vaccine in humans.

Governments, charities and massive pharmaceutical corporations have been sinking billions of dollars into bets with low odds of success. Swaminathan said. "They have advanced into phase 2 trials and are planning phase 3 in many countries".

Since first appearing in China last December, the virus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.

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