- A vaccine candidate for the novel coronavirus disease has now entered the second phase of clinical trials
- It received a nod from China after conducting the first phase to more than 100 volunteers
- There are 500 people who will be tested for the next phase that focuses on the efficacy of the vaccine
- The World Health Organization (WHO) said that it is the first vaccine in the world to enter the second phase
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An experimental vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19 has received an approval to proceed to the second phase of clinical trials.
KAMI learned that the said vaccine candidate was developed by the Institute of Biotechnology in the Academy of Military Medical Sciences of China.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the adenovirus vector vaccine developed by the research team of Major General Chen Wei is the first in the world that proceeded to second phase.
The first phase, which started in March, was intended to identify if the vaccine is safe. More than 100 people have volunteered for the said process.
On Sunday, April 12, Chinese scientists have already begun the second phase which focuses on the efficacy of the vaccine.
There are 500 volunteers for the said phase, and the eldest of them is an 84-year-old resident of Wuhan where the virus originated.
The age limit has also been removed for the second phase so that those who are 60 years old and above can be tested too.
In a previous article by , a biotechnology firm in the United States said that it has antibodies to fight COVID-19.
The novel coronavirus disease continues to claim thousands of lives in the whole world. There are already 2 million people who tested positive for the dreadful virus.
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