Uzbekistan to create its own COVID-19 vaccine
By TrendScientists from Uzbekistan are working to create the country’s own vaccine against coronavirus, Trend reports with reference to the Ministry of Health in Uzbekistan.According to the ministry, scientists are working in collaboration with the country’s pharmaceutical companies.The development of local vaccine will help the country not to depend on imports.The ministry further said the domestically made vaccine may be exported to other countries.Earlier, Chief Sanitary Inspector in Uzbekistan Nurmat Otabekov said that the country is not working on creation of a vaccine. He emphasized that...
COVID-19 mutations no problem for vaccine candidates, experts say
By Zhang Zhihao | China Daily | Updated: 2020-09-26 07:32The genome of the novel coronavirus is generally stable across the globe and current mutations of the virus will not affect the potency or development of vaccine candidates, Chinese experts said on Friday.According to the journal Nature, there are nine COVID-19 vaccine candidates in phase three clinical trials around the world, with four of the vaccines from China. Yang Sheng, deputy director of the bureau of drug registration at the National Medical Products Administration, said that all four Chinese vaccines are conducting their trials...
Approved COVID-19 vaccine by April 2021? FDA says that’s ‘possible’
Approved COVID-19 vaccine by April 2021? FDA says that’s ‘possible’(Philstar.com) – September 25, 2020 – 1:10pmMANILA, Philippines — A vaccine against the coronavirus disease may be approved by April 2021, the best case scenario, the country’s Food and Drug Administration said Friday.“The best case scenario, if clinical trials are completed by December or January and a company would file with FDA an application then that’s possible by April 2021 that we will have an approved vaccine,” FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said in a forum.“Best case scenario ‘yun. ‘Yung three to six months (clinica...
Frontline workers begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine
Abu Dhabi: Frontline workers in Abu Dhabi’s vital sectors are now beginning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Abu Dhabi Media Office announced on Thursday.The Chinese-developed vaccine was granted emergency approval after undergoing more than two months of Phase III testing in the UAE, with the aim of protecting workers on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus.Khalid Bin Mohammad Bin Zayed, member of the Executive Council and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, was also administered the vaccine on Thursday. He then toured the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi’s premie...
COVID-19 vaccine: Johnson & Johnson begins huge trial testing one-dose shot
A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is underway as Johnson & Johnson begins dosing up to 60,000 volunteers, Associated Press has reported.Hopes are high that answers about at least one of several candidates being tested in the U.S. could come by year’s end, allowing the company to seek emergency authorization early next year, should it prove effective, according to Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels.“A single dose could be a very efficient tool to combat the pandemic as it is faster acting,” he said Wednesday in an interview. Animal models ...
The miracle of vaccines
The first vaccine was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner, who used cowpox material to develop immunity to smallpox. According to historyofvaccines.org, the next major breakthrough occurred in 1885, almost 100 years later: the development of the rabies vaccine by Louis Pasteur.Other vaccines developed through the 1930s (50 years later) include those against tetanus, cholera, typhoid, and TB. “The middle of the 20th century was an active time for vaccine research and development. Methods for growing viruses in the laboratory led to rapid discoveries and innovations, including the creation of vac...
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J&J vaccine begins final-stage trials in US
Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it has started the final stage of clinical trials for its single-dose novel coronavirus vaccine, becoming the fourth experimental COVID-19 preventive shot to enter final-stage testing in the United States.The company's vaccine candidate began phase three trials on Wednesday. The vaccine trials will include up to 60,000 adult participants at nearly 215 sites in the US and internationally.Dr Paul Stoffels, J&J;'s chief scientific officer, said on a call with reporters Wednesday that the company might be able to determine by the end of the year if the vaccine...
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‘Philippine needs open access to COVID-19 vaccine’
MANILA, Philippines — Developing countries like the Philippines need open access to the vaccine against COVID-19, President Duterte told the United Nations General Assembly in New York.Duterte also supported the UN’s call for global solidarity against COVID during his first participation in the UN General Assembly through virtual video presentations by world leaders.Addressing the assembly, Duterte reiterated the need to ensure universal access for all once the vaccine is developed.“When the world finds that vaccine, access to it must not be denied nor withheld. It should be made available to ...
J&J Covid-19 vaccine trial moves into late stage
Washington (AFP) - Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it was entering the final Phase 3 stage of its Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial following positive results in earlier stages.The trial will seek to enroll up to 60,000 volunteers across more than 200 sites in the US and around the world, the company and the US National Institutes for Health (NIH), which is providing funding, said.With the move, J&J becomes the tenth maker globally to conduct a Phase 3 trial against Covid-19, and the fourth in the US.The company, which is developing the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis through its subsidiary J...
‘More can be done than just wait for vaccine’
‘More can be done than just wait for vaccine’Helen Flores(The Philippine Star) – September 23, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — There is more to do in the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic than just wait for a vaccine to become available and spray pesticide over the country, Vice President Leni Robredo said.Robredo made the statement on Monday night after President Duterte lashed out at her for continuously criticizing the supposed inefficiency in his administration’s COVID-19 response more than six months into the community quarantine.“Watched the regular Monday press con t...