03.07.2021, 15:12

Nano Covax Covid-19 vaccine enters final stage of human trials

Nano Covax Covid-19 vaccine enters final stage of human trials

A volunteer is injected with the Nano Covax Covid-19 vaccine in Van Lam District, Hung Yen Province - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - The Military Medical University has begun the final stage of human trials for the Nano Covax Covid-19 vaccine, being developed by the Military Medical University in collaboration with HCMC-based Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC.

The vaccine’s third stage of human trials is divided into two phases. The first phase started at the beginning of June with about 1,000 volunteers. In the second phase, some 12,000 volunteers will receive the vaccine.

Nano Covax’s second phase of the third stage of human trials is being conducted by the Military Medical University in collaboration with the Hung Yen Province Preventive Health Center in the North and by the HCMC Pasteur Institute in collaboration with the Preventive Health Centers of Long An and Tien Giang provinces in the South.

About 350 volunteers in Hung Yen Province received the first shot of the Nano Covax vaccine as part of the final stage of human trials on July 2.

Major General Hoang Van Luong, deputy director of the Military Medical University, said along with the experimental injection of more than 2,000 people at the university, the final stage of human trials will be conducted in six districts of Hung Yen Province with 4,000 volunteers.

Luong said the injection complies with the Ministry of Health’s regulations. The volunteers undergo a health examination before getting the vaccine and will be regularly monitored after the injection.

“It is expected that all volunteers will receive the first vaccine shot by July 15 and the second shot by August 15,” Luong said.

Data about the vaccine’s safety and efficacy in the final stage of human trials is expected to be out in September, or over a month after the volunteers receive the second Nano Covax shot.