Debate begins for who's first in line for COVID-19 vaccine

A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics which is developing a vaccine against the cor

Several Chinese companies are at the forefront of the race to develop an immunity to the disease, and Russian Federation plans to start mass vaccinations in October with health workers and teachers first in line to get the inoculation against the disease, according to its Health Minister Mikhail Murashko.

"The World Health Organization, the US Food and Drug Administration or the European Union must approve the development of the vaccine by Russian Federation, something which has not happened yet", she noted.

"This vaccine led to robust protection against SARS-CoV-2 in rhesus macaques and is now being evaluated in humans", said Barouch, who is Director of BIDMC's Center for Virology and Vaccine Research.

AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot made the promise during an online media interaction on Thursday, saying that a vaccine needed to be accessible to as many people as possible. Now, many vaccine candidates are undergoing human stage 2 and 3 trials to prove their efficacy and safety. Barouch's group, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, developed a series of vaccine candidates created to express different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which is the major target for neutralizing antibodies.

Several wealthy countries are signing up bilateral deals directly with companies developing Covid-19 vaccines.

Health officials said the vaccine data would become available for review and publication early next month.

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The officials, according to PTI, said Serum Institute had submitted a revised proposal on Wednesday after the SEC on July 28 had asked it to revise its protocol for the Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials besides seeking some additional information.

The company added that it will emphasise representation of populations that have been the most impacted by the pandemic in the phase 3 trial programme.

America's top infectious diseases official has raised concerns over the safety of COVID-19 vaccines being developed by China and Russian Federation as the world scrambles for answers to a pandemic the WHO warned will be felt for decades.

The joint advisory said coronavirus research was targeted as the first country to develop a vaccine will undoubtedly achieve huge diplomatic and geo-political influence.

"We are excited to see these pre-clinical data because they show our SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate generated a strong antibody response and provided protection with a single dose", said Paul Stoffels, vice chairman of the executive committee and chief scientific officer, J&J.

"We are going very quickly".

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