Sunday, 09 August, 2020


China's SinoVac starts late stage trials for its Covid-19 vaccine

Doctor wearing surgical gloves pulling COVID-19 vaccine from vial with syringe Doctor wearing surgical gloves pulling COVID-19 vaccine from vial with syringe
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2020, 22:10

The first group will be allowed to leave in two-three days and the second one will be discharged on July 20. And, after discharge, they will be monitored for six more months. The vaccine has been produced by Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russian Federation.

Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics is in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia to launch a Phase III trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, its co-founder said on Saturday. Another 20 volunteers were administered the vaccine at a military hospital on June 23.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 7 said the vaccine was still in Phase-1 trials, which means it must undergo at least 3-4 more trials to be deemed safe.

Tarasov said that Sechenov University in Moscow has emerged as a scientific and technological research center for the COVID-19 vaccination, instead of being only an educational institution at a time when countries like Russian Federation, the U.S., India, and Brazil are struggling to curb the novel Coronavirus spread. 14 potential candidates for the COVID19 vaccine are at the Phase I stage. This clinical trial is an open study of safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of the drug "Gam-COVID-Vac Lyo", lyophilisate for the preparation of a solution for intramuscular administration, with the participation of healthy volunteers.

The University of Queensland's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which has been in the works since February, is entering its human testing stage. Earlier trials used smaller groups and were used to determine the proper dose of the vaccine and to monitor any safety concerns.

There are 19 vaccine trials in clinical evaluation and hundreds being developed and tested around the world to stop the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed hundreds of thousands and ravaged the global economy.

This suggests that the Russian vaccine has only completed Phase-1 of the human trials.

In addition, a June 22 report published by Sputnik News quoted Gamaleya's director, Alexander Gintsburg, as saying that the vaccine would protect people against the virus for a period of over two years.

So far, 15 volunteers have been vaccinated, but Professor Shattock says this will be ramped up in the "coming weeks", to include another 200-300 patients.

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