Bangladesh approves late-stage trial of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Engineers work on monkey kidney cells for an experimental Covid-19 vaccine at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing on April 29

Engineers work on monkey kidney cells for an experimental Covid-19 vaccine at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing on April 29

As a handful of vaccine makers accelerate their candidates through late-stage clinical trials, Warp Speed is working with states, cities and distributors on how to get hundreds of millions of doses of a vaccine to the American public by mid-2021.

Bin Momen said that Dhaka meant to pick one potential vaccine that would be safer and most useful for Bangladesh while "our efforts are on to get access to a potential COVID-19 vaccine".

The experts said the country needs a well-planned roadmap alongside keeping in touch with all the potential countries and originations that are conducting the phase-III trial of vaccine development to get permission to manufacture one in the country once gets approval by the World Health Organization (WHO). Countries like the UK, China, Russia, the USA, India and others are at the final stage of vaccine development.

"It helps to build the safety database and certainly build the confidence in the fact that the vaccine is safe".

The vaccine, created by the National Institutes of Health and made by Moderna, already has begun final testing in a study that is seeking 30,000 volunteers, including older ones.

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"14 persons were vaccinated during the first phase, and 43 more during the second phase".

The minister said the government chose to give the final trial approval to the vaccine after the relevant government organisations examined its necessary aspects including effectiveness and safety. A Chinese health official said that China has approved the use of the corona vaccine developed by a few select domestic companies, saying that they can use it in emergency situations. On July 19, Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) extended ethical approval for phase-3 trial of Covid-19 vaccine by Sinovac Biotech Ltd.

CanSino developed its COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with the Chinese Military Academy of Medical Science. Clinical trial data that illuminates each shot's safety and efficacy in these sub-groups will inform who is first in line to get them.

The group developing the vaccine is also making use of a new vaccine technology, which uses synthetic DNA design to deliver custom vaccines and antigens.

Dr. Scott Halperin, the director of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology, said it was disappointing the CanSino project won't be going ahead.

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