Australia has already started vaccine tests against COVID-19 in humans
Since last Monday, July 13, Australia began vaccine tests against COVID-19 in humans, during Phase I of the study at the Brisbane Clinic of the Nucleus Network, with the aim of validating its safety and the ability to produce immune responses in healthy volunteers.
The University of Queenslandled by Professor Paul Young, who sees this phase as a follow-up to the preclinical studies that began on 14 February with the choice of the vaccine candidate.
So far, these tests demonstrate the effectiveness of immunization in neutralizing the SARS-COV-2 virus. However, additional studies are expected to prove that it is safe to apply to people.
At the start of this pandemic, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) asked the University of Queensland in Australia to develop a rapid response vaccine against COVID-19.
During Phase I, which is the human test, 120 people between 18 and 55 years old are expected to receive the first doses of the experimental vaccine, so that researchers can measure reactions over the next 12 months.
The first test results will be released at the end of September and if the results are positive, the population sample will be expanded.
The prototype of the vaccine will be produced by researchers from the University of Queensland at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) together with CSL, Pantheon and Cytiva.
It aims to manufacture millions of doses as part of a program once clinical trials are passed, approved by regulation, and reach both production and mass distribution.
While all this happens, it is important that you stay at least 1.5 meters away from others, constantly wash your hands and use your mask. With regard to meetings, limit inviting up to two people to your home, unless they live with you.
- If you suspect you have been infected, call your doctor or contact the national health information hotline: 1800 020 080.
- If you experience difficulty breathing or are experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.
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