UAE'S COVID-19 inactivated vaccine trials reach major milestone

The testing facility at the Al Qarayn Health Centre in Sharjah, the first COVID-19 vaccine trial centre outside Abu Dhabi, received 500 volunteers for the world's first Phase III clinical trials of an inactivated vaccine to combat COVID-19, in the first three days after its opening.

The vaccine has produced an immune response in earlier trials in China.

The meeting was also attended by the Health Ministry's public health assistant undersecretary Dr Meriam Al Hejeri.

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Speaking on the WHO's continued efforts to study the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19, Ghebreyesus informed that the World Health Organization advance team that had travelled to China had concluded their mission to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus origins.

The new vaccine research registry will help large numbers of people to be recruited into trials over the coming months, potentially leading to an effective vaccine being identified and made available to the United Kingdom public against coronavirus sooner.

The initial human trials of the Oxford vaccine involved 1,077 people, and further trials are now underway with 30,000 participants.

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Chinese vaccine maker CanSino Biologics' sign is pictured on its building in Tianjin, China November 20, 2018. The later tests were conducted on 603 volunteers between April 11 and April 16.

The study that will be implemented in Saudi will target at least 5,000 healthy volunteers, who are over the age of 18 and work is now underway to begin trials in three main cities, namely Riyadh, Dammam and Makkah. As per sources, research teams will follow up with the participants after administering the dose in order to check the appearance of side effects. The follow-up will be through direct visits by the patients to the doctors participating in the study.

Further, the UN Human Rights Council has lately emphasized the vitality of equitable and unhindered access to vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments, explaining that any vaccine developed against COVID-19 should be considered to be a global public good.

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According to Worldometer, the country has 288,690 confirmed cases, with a death toll of 3,167 and 252,039 have recovered.

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