USA biotech Moderna given $483M to test potential COVID-19 vaccine


Fauci, the US government's top infectious disease expert, also said the USA does not yet have the critical testing and tracing procedures needed to begin reopening the nation's economy, adding a dose of caution to increasingly optimistic projections from the White House. The company first began running human trials in Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus originated, back in mid-March. Similarly, Professor Hill expressed his "confidence that this vaccine should work". "But the Government is backing our scientists, betting big to maximise the chance of success", the business secretary said. If successful, the next phase could involve thousands of people, potentially in a COVID-19 hot spot, like New York City. Prof. Andrew Pollard claimed the Oxford Jenner Institute "should have all our volunteers recruited through all three phases of the trial over the next few months", because of its previous experience with similar viruses.

The second stage tests the vaccine, which is proved to be safe in the first stage, on more than 100 subjects. Sarah Gilbert, Prof. Andrew Pollard, Prof. The Oxford vaccine contains the genetic sequence of this surface spike protein inside the ChAdOx1 construct.

Tapping into MilliporeSigma's previous work provided a solid head start for plans to scale-up the manufacture of Jenner's Covid-19 vaccine candidate.

Chinese biological medicine expert Wang Junzhi said: "Although we are in a state of emergency we can not lower standards in terms of safety and effectiveness of the vaccines".

Chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said: "The UK has some of the best vaccine scientists in the world, but we need to take account of the whole development process".

The leading physician, from University College London's Institute for Global Health, told MPs including former health secretary Jeremy Hunt that the United Kingdom would probably end up with the highest coronavirus death rate in Europe. Beyond this, Prof. Hill stated that "tens of millions" or more is being spent on their vaccine research and future manufacturing. It means that the corona vaccine will be ready to roll out for the public once it is proven to work.

In Germany, biopharmaceutical company CureVac has developed a double dose vaccine for rabies that it hopes could be adapted to protect against coronavirus infection.

Dr. Harris told a briefing in Geneva that "We really shouldn't be expecting to see the vaccine at least for 12 months or longer".

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"The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis which can only be defeated by a truly global response", said CEPI advocacy director Rachel Grant.

It is also working with the Bioindustry Association, which has set up an industry-led group, to accelerate vaccine development and manufacturing.

The UK is world-leading in developing vaccines.

Hogue and her team will continue researching COVID-19 and possible vaccine options.

But timeframes for its development vary.

Professor Gilbert emphasises the need for global collaboration in vaccine research.

We're doing everything possible to save lives and beat this disease, and that includes working flat out with businesses, researchers and industry to find a vaccine as quickly as possible.