Germany Approves First Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Germany Approves First Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Germany has authorised its first scientific check of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the nation’s regulatory physique stated Wednesday, green-lighting trials on human volunteers for an RNA vaccine developed by German agency Biontech and US big Pfizer.

“The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut… has authorised the primary scientific trial of a vaccine in opposition to COVID-19 in Germany,” the regulatory physique PEI stated in an announcement.

The trial, which was solely the fourth to have been authorised worldwide, was a “vital step” in making a vaccine “obtainable as quickly as attainable”, the institute added.

It stated that approval was the “results of a cautious evaluation of the potential danger/profit profile of the vaccine candidate.”

The trials will see “200 wholesome volunteers aged between 18 and 55 years” vaccinated with variants of the RNA vaccine, whereas the second part may see the inclusion of volunteers who belonged to high-risk teams.

Neither PEI nor the builders specified when the trial will start, although Biontech claimed in an announcement that it could be “quickly” and “forward of our expectations”.

The PEI additionally claimed that “additional scientific trials of COVID-19 vaccine candidates will begin in Germany within the subsequent few months”.

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