BREAKING NEWS | CanSino To Start Phase III Trial Of Covid-19 Vaccine In Saudi

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia will soon begin Phase III clinical trials on around 5,000 people for a COVID-19 vaccine develop by China’s CanSino Biologics Inc., a Saudi health ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

Last month, CanSino’s co-founder said the company was in talks with Russia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia to launch a Phase III trial of the vaccine candidate, Ad5-nCOV.

The vaccine uses a harmless cold virus known as adenovirus type-5 (Ad5) to carry genetic material from the coronavirus into the body.

Researchers said last month that CanSino’s vaccine, co-developed with China’s military research unit, appeared to be safe and induced immune response in most subjects.

Saudi Arabia plans to test the vaccine alongside a placebo on 5,000 volunteers and is currently preparing trials in the cities of Riyadh, Dammam and Mecca, Sauti state news agency SPA said on Saturday.

No COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for commercial use.

CanSino’s candidate became the first in China to move into human testing in March but other potential vaccines developed by Sinovac Biotech and a unit of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) have already been approved for Phase III trials overseas.

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