World Health Organization say Irish scientist's COVID vaccine is the "leading candidate"

Chinese coronavirus vaccine approved for military use

The experimental shot is the first ever candidate from India to be approved for the clinical trial stage, which is set to begin across the country from July.

The company is also involved in the development of CoroFlu, a nasal vaccine for COVID-19, as part of an global collaboration of virologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and vaccine firm FluGen. "We're now ready to move forward into clinical development through human trials", Krishna Ella, Bharat's chairman and managing director, said.

Human clinical trials are scheduled to start across India in July, according to a release from the company late on Monday evening.

Besides Bharat Biotech, at least five other Indian companies are working on a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus including Zydus Cadila, Serum Institute of India and Panacea Biotec. The indigenous, inactivated vaccine developed and manufactured at the Bio-safety level 3 lab of the Bharat Biotech located in Genome Valley in Hyderabad.

China's military has approved a coronavirus vaccine for use within its ranks. The proactive support and guidance from CDSCO have enabled approvals to this project.

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. CNBG said on Tuesday it will run a Phase 3 for its vaccine candidate in the United Arab Emirates, without specifying which shot will be tested. "Our R&D and manufacturing teams worked tirelessly to deploy our proprietary technologies towards this platform". Over a dozen vaccine candidates are now in development around the world, including several from China.

Earlier this month, the AstraZeneca CEO told a radio station that the vaccine candidate would likely provide protection against Covid-19 for one year.

American firm Moderna Inc., which has already started Phase II trials for its vaccine candidate mRNA-1273, has partnered with drugmaker Catalent produce 100 million doses starting in the third quarter of 2020.

Doctors are also testing various drugs to find out their effectiveness in fighting against the COVID-19 virus.

China reported 12 new confirmed Covid-19 cases as ofSunday, down from 17 reported a day earlier, the country's National Health Commission said yesterday.



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