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Coronavirus vaccine approved for China military use

Coronavirus vaccine approved for China military use”

"Chinese biopharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics Inc developed the vaccine in conjunction with a military research team".

More than 100 global leaders, including 18 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, have signed a letter calling on the international community to make COVID-19 vaccines available worldwide as a "common good", the Dhaka-based Yunus Center, founded by the Nobel Peace Prize victor Mohammad Yunus, said.

Only China is pushing out "inactivated" vaccines, made by growing the new coronavirus and killing it. Vaccines by Sinovac Biotech and SinoPharm use that old-fashioned technology, which requires high-security labs to produce but is dependable, the way polio shots and some flu vaccines are made.

More than half of the 17 candidate vaccines identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being at the clinical evaluation stage involve Chinese companies or institutes. Now, China's Central Military Commission has approved the use of the drug by the military on June 25th for one year. Trials started on 17 March. "The Ad5-nCoV is now limited to military use only, and its use can not be expanded to a broader vaccination range without the approval of the Logistics Support Department", CanSino said.

In an interview with Chemical and Engineering News, Wistar Institute scientist Hildegund C.J. Ertl, who works on adenoviral vector vaccines, said, "It is not great, but it is better than nothing".

Most other vaccines in the pipeline target not the whole germ but a key piece - the "spike" protein that studs the surface of the coronavirus and helps it invade human cells.

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Other companies, such as Jansen Pharmaceuticals, will start clinical trials based on adenovirus-based vaccines, but said they expect the first results only next year.

It was not clear how widely it would be used within China's enormous military forces, and the ministry of defence did not reply to an AFP request for further information.

The Chinese military has approved a COVID-19 vaccine following studies that show it is safe and has some efficacy, according to Reuters.

The company has accomplished phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials of the vaccine in China. Thus, the AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, for example, is the outcome of a British research institution's collaboration with a British-Swedish pharma conglomerate, with clinical testing being done in Brazil.

None has yet been approved for commercial use.



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