China Approves Human Tests For 3 Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines - Report
The Chinese Government has approved that 3 experimental coronavirus drugs be tried on human beings, The Chronicle reports.
According to the publication, the vaccines are being developed by a Beijing-based unit of Sinovac Biotech and the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, an affiliate of state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group.
Aljazeera reporter Sarah Clarke, reporting from Hong Kong confirmed the development and said;
We can confirm now that three particular vaccines are being tested in China, and the National Health Commission has said it will have to clear a number of conditions before they can enable mass production of the vaccines globally
A total of 500 people signed up to volunteer for that in the first phase, which looked at the safety of this vaccine, and the second phase has now introduced a placebo control group
However, John Nicholls, clinical professor of Pathology at the University of Hong Kong has said vaccines cant be rushed and said the decision to test the vaccination on human beings was very bold:
Normally with vaccines you start off with small animals and then move to primates and then to the humans. It seems that with this one they have gone straight to the humans, which is a very bold decision.
Most of the mortality in this disease is in the elderly, so the best thing would be to actually see what the anti-body response is in the elderly rather than the young
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