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Coronavirus vaccine update: China's Zhifei starts Phase II trial of vaccine

Coronavirus vaccine latest update: Moderna, AstraZeneca, BioNTech, Novavax, Sinovac and CanSino Biologics are among those leading the fight against coornavirus. Catch latest updates on Covid vaccine

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Coronavirus Vaccine | Coronavirus | World Health Organization

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Coronavirus, vaccine, covid, drugs, Sepsivac, clinical trials

The total number of cases across the world has crossed the 12-million mark and the death toll has gone past 550,000. There currently are over 100 vaccines at various stages of development worldwide, including in India, Britain, China, the US, Russia and Israel.

is finding new victims worldwide, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection that increasingly seems to confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The virus might linger in the air indoors, infecting those nearby. If airborne transmission is a significant factor in the pandemic, especially in crowded spaces with poor ventilation, the consequences for containment will be significant. Thus, there's pressure from governments on pharmaceutical companies and scientists to come up with a vaccine as soon as possible.

China's Sinovac Biotech, China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and AstraZeneca's experimental Covid-19 vaccine are the only other candidates in late-stage Phase III trials. Moderna also plans to start its late-stage trial this month. There's pressure from governments on pharmaceutical companies and scientists to come up with a vaccine as soon as possible. Moderna, AstraZeneca, BioNTech, Novavax, Sinovac, CanSino Biologics and Inovio Pharmaceuticals are among those leading the race at present.

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First Published: Tue, July 07 2020. 13:55 IST