China's CanSino says hasn't begun enrolling people for Phase 3 trial

China's CanSino says hasn't begun enrolling people for Phase 3 trial

China has granted the first invention patent to a Covid-19 vaccine co-developed by biopharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics Inc in the country, which experts said demonstrates the vaccine's originality and creativity.

The vaccine has now finished phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trials, which have verified its safety and immunogenicity, said the report. CanSino has said it is also in talks with Russia, Brazil and Chile to launch Phase III trials in those countries.

The Principal Investigator of Multi-Center Clinical Trials in Pakistan is Major General Amir Ikram, Executive Director, NIH, Islamabad.

The publication reported that the state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group, commonly known as Sinopharm, has teamed up with Karachi University's International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences to hold the trials in Pakistan.

Early-stage data from a small clinical trial of the vaccine has shown that it produced high levels of virus-fighting antibodies, and the company aims to begin larger studies to obtain regulatory approvals as early as December.

It will also ensure preferential supply of vaccines at reasonable prices in Pakistan.

Russian Federation said on Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine, after President Vladimir Putin announced it had been first in the world to approve a vaccine.

The company published its Phase 1 trial results in May 2020 and Phase 2 results in July 2020.

The UK government has said it aims to get as many people as possible signed up to the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry by October.

The coronavirus has claimed more than 6,000 lives in Pakistan but cases have been dropping for several weeks.

South Africa's University of Witwatersrand on Monday started the second COVID-19 vaccine trial in the country, said the institution. Some 625 people are expected to be recruited to test the safety and effectiveness of the drug.

While the officials did not reveal the names of the vaccine candidates while speaking about their testing phase, it could be gathered that the vaccine entering the third phase is Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, jointly developed with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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