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Beijing's Institute of Medical Biology Starts Phase II Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine

publication date: Jun 23, 2020
author/source: Richard Daverman, PhD

Another China-discovered COVID-19 vaccine has started Phase II trials. The latest candidate, based on an inactivated virus, was discovered by Beijing's Institute of Medical Biology at Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (IMBCAMS). In May, the institute started a China Phase I trial that plans to enroll 942 healthy volunteers to assess efficacy and safety. So far, the ongoing trial has administered the candidate to 200 individuals.

Previously, IMBCAMS claims to have developed the world's first inactivated vaccines for polio and hand-foot-and-mouth disease. There are at least 12 vaccines that have started clinical studies for COVID-19, six of them in China.

The Phase II trial started within the last week. It is designed to determine the optimum dose level of the vaccine as it continues to evaluate whether the potential vaccine candidate causes an immune responses in healthy people.

IMBCAMS, which is affiliated with Peking Union Medical College, is unusual in that it is both a scientific research institute and a production facility. It expects to use its plant to manufacture a coronavirus vaccine, perhaps before the end of the year.

Under China rules, certain groups of people with special needs are able to use experimental vaccines before they are approved under urgent circumstances.

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