Preparations for COVID-19 vaccine trials underway

Scott Morrison spreads his arms as he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly in New York

At least three vaccination candidates, including two developed by state-backed China National Biotec Group (CNBG) and one from Sinovac Biotech, all in Phase 3 trials overseas, are included in the emergency use programme.

Speaking at a virtual Town Hall with Black physicians and community leaders, Operation Warp Speed scientific lead Dr. Moncef Slaoui said he supports recommendations being drafted by the US Food and Drug Administration that companies wait two months after the last administration of their vaccine before seeking emergency use authorization (EUA) of their products.

Built in a few months from scratch, the plant is created to enable SinoVac to produce half a million vaccine doses a year. The doses will only become available here if they successfully complete clinical trials and Health Canada approves them.

"The safety of trial participants is our top priority and any proposal from a developer to include a human infection challenge as part of a clinical trial for development of a vaccine would be considered on a benefit-risk basis, with risks monitored for and minimised in the proposed trial design".

"Australia strongly advocated for this review ... to identify the zoonotic source of the COVID-19 virus and how it was transmitted to humans", he said. But there are six vaccines Canada could get through COVAX that it has no access to at the moment.

Latin America has taken a heavy blow from Covid-19 with almost nine million cases and more than 330,000 deaths, one third of the global total, according to an AFP tally based on official data.

International Development Minister Karina Gould said in an interview that Canada is not undermining COVAX's efforts by investing in it and signing side deals directly with manufacturers. Yin said he personally has been given the experimental vaccine. "This is a promise that we must all make", - he is quoted as saying TASS...

The Prime Minister of Spain speaks on a screen at the United Nations General Assembly

He has previously said if Australia found a vaccine, it would be shared across the world. "We have nothing further to report at this stage", a spokeswoman said, asked about the possibility of challenge trials.

The director-general of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said earlier this month that "the goal must be to vaccinate some people in all countries, rather than all the people in some countries".

"Because to eliminate the virus anywhere, we need to eliminate it everywhere", Trudeau said.

"If we find the vaccine we will share it".

It's the sixth such deal and means Canada has secured a total of more than 170 million potential doses.

Not all those vaccines may be approved, but it is very likely Canada will end up with more vaccines than it needs, and Canada has not indicated what will happen if there is excess.

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