A Chinese official said the country’s first coronavirus vaccine could be ready in less than five months.
Dr. Gao Fu, director general of the China Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said China expects to have a deadly disease vaccine candidate in September.
The health chief added that the vaccine would be used in emergency situations, such as a new wave of virus outbreaks.
Virologist Dr Gao Fu said that China is leading global efforts to develop contagion vaccines. Photo shows volunteer with potential vaccine in China
Dr Gao told CGTN public television on Thursday: “To develop a specific vaccine or drug, it always takes time.
“Because the vaccine will be used on healthy people, you want to make sure that the vaccine you develop is safe and effective.”
The virologist also said that China is leading global efforts to develop contagion vaccines.
“Maybe in September we could have a vaccine to use in an emergency. For example, if we have an emergency epidemic again.
Dr Gao added that the “emergency vaccine”, which is in its second or third phase of clinical trials, could be used on medical workers before the general population.
“In my opinion, we may get a vaccine for healthy people early next year,” said the Chinese official.
Dr. Gao Fu (photo), director general of the China Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said China may have an effective vaccine candidate against the deadly disease by September
An 84-year-old retired soldier, Xiong Zhengxing, is believed to be the world’s oldest volunteer for a potential coronavirus vaccine. He is pictured receiving the injection
The news comes as businesses and researchers around the world rush to find a cure for the contagion that has infected more than 2.7 million people worldwide.
China currently has three vaccine candidates who have been authorized to conduct clinical trials. Two of them have passed their second stage of testing.
Scientists at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, began the first human trial in Europe by administering test injections, which were developed in less than three months, to more than 800 volunteers on Thursday.
Sarah Gilbert, a professor at Oxford University, who is currently leading Britain’s most advanced vaccine research, said she was “80% confident” that her team development would work by the end of the year. ‘autumn.
And Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted that the British will be the first to line up for any vaccine successfully developed in the UK from £ 42 million.
But Downing Street refuses to make promises as to who will benefit from the drug first because of concerns that another country may produce one first.
Dr Gao added that the “emergency vaccine”, which is in its second or third phase of clinical trials, could be used on medical workers before the general population. Staff members are pictured transferring medical equipment to Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan on April 14
This comes as health experts say that the coronavirus mutates at a slower rate than several other respiratory viruses, especially the flu.
The killer bug has already mutated nearly 10 times, which fears an even more deadly strain.
But scientists say the mutations are not much different from the virus from Wuhan, China, or that they are more serious.
This means that once a vaccine is readily available, it would provide protection against the original virus and the mutations – and for several years.