Preparing for Potential Covid-19 Vaccine Launch, Says Moderna CEO

WHO says more than 170 countries have joined COVAX vaccine facility

WHO says more than 170 countries have joined COVAX vaccine facility

It is likely to start on Monday (September 21).

Dean of the state-run Sassoon General Hospital Dr Muralidhar Tambe told this to PTI on Saturday.

With the funding, researchers hope to enrol 150 healthy volunteers to test the viability of the DNA-based vaccine.

Drugmakers have already started manufacturing supplies of their vaccine candidates to be ready as soon as they get the go ahead.

As on September 18 as many as 182 vaccine candidates are in pre-clinical or clinical trials.

Russian health minister Mikhail Murashko said that as of now, over 300 out of the announced 40,000 volunteers have been vaccinated with Sputnik V. He added that around 14 percent have complained about weakness, muscle pain for 24 hours, and an occasional increase in body temperature.

The phase II trial of Covishield was conducted at Bharti Vidyapeeth Medical College and King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Pune.

Gold rebounds from 1-week trough amid stimulus hopes, economic recovery concerns
It is projected at 9.3 per cent in 2020, moving down to 6.5 per cent and 5.5 per cent in 2021 and 2022, respectively. All eyes remain on central bankers and their role in propping up economies still reeling from the coronavirus shock.

Moderna revealed that the Phase-3 study of its Covid vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, involving 30,000 volunteers in the U.S., has enrolled 25,296 participants as of September 16. The vaccine maker earlier shortlisted 17 sites in India for the Phase II clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine.

The Expert Group has deliberated on broad parameters guiding the selection of Covid-19 vaccine candidates for the country and working in close coordination with Standing Technical Sub-Committee of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), he said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

"Under the competitive, peer reviewed COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant Opportunity, funding will be allocated for the further development of three COVID-19 vaccines". Data indicates the vaccine "induced rapid and strong immune responses" against the virus.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) today clarified that Malaysia will be signing up for the global Covid-19 vaccine development platform Covax.

The phase III human trials of Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), will begin at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune next week.

The five producers behind the leading vaccine candidates now in phase 3 trials have signed contracts to supply more than half of all vaccine doses to be produced in the near future to a handful of developed nations and territories, including the US, UK, EU, Australia, Hong Kong and Macau, Japan, Switzerland, and Israel, Oxfam said, citing data collected by analytics company Airfinity.

The commission is also negotiating similar agreements with other manufacturers, including Johnson and Johnson, Curevac, Moderna, and BioNTech.

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