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40 per cent participants enrolled for COVID-19 vaccine trial: Moderna

40 per cent participants enrolled for COVID-19 vaccine trial: Moderna”

Using insect cells to grow proteins for the coronavirus vaccine - a first in China - could speed up large-scale production, the city government of Chengdu said in a notice on social media WeChat.

A potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by a unit of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) could cost no more than 1,000 yuan ($144.27) for two shots, state media on Tuesday quoted chairman Liu Jingzhen as saying.

Mexico will receive at least 2,000 doses of Russia's candidate coronavirus vaccine as part of the injection's Phase 3 clinical trials, Mexico's foreign minister said Thursday.

Phase 3 trials, which usually involve several thousand participants, allow researchers to gather data on the efficacy of potential vaccines for final regulatory approvals.

"It will not be priced very high".

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This vaccine - different from the one dubbed "Sputnik V" which has already been approved by the country - produced no side effects in the volunteers who received the first shot of the vaccine, Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing said on Friday.

Earlier this month, Russian Federation registered the "Sputnik V", becoming the first country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine.

Mexico announced a deal last week with British-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca to manufacture its vaccine now under development if clinical trials show it to be effective.

Last month, the United States government struck a deal for an experimental vaccine being developed by Pfizer and partner BioNTech SE that secures enough to inoculate 50 million Americans for about $40 a person.

"We do see that many of these countries can truly become worldwide hubs for the production of our vaccine". Its plants in Wuhan and Beijing combined could make over 200 million doses of the drug annually.

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