Sinovac launches late-stage trial for possible COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia

JAKARTA/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd released a late-stage human trial on Tuesday that will involve as lots of as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo wearing a protective mask and face shield inspects the third phase trial for COVID-19 vaccine in Bandung, Indonesia, August 11,2020 Thanks To Indonesian Presidential Palace/Handout by means of REUTERS

Separately, Sinovac launched information on Monday from a mid-stage, or Phase 2, study in which it stated the vaccine prospect appeared to be safe and induced noticeable antibody-based immune responses in topics.

The prospect, known as CoronaVac, is among a few prospective vaccines that have gone into late-stage trials for a large-scale research study to gather evidence of efficacy for regulatory approval.

CoronaVac is currently undergoing a late-stage trial in Brazil and Sinovac anticipates to also evaluate it in Bangladesh.

Sinovac’s Indonesia trial comes as Southeast Asia’s most populous nation comes to grips with surging infection numbers, with over 127,000 cases tape-recorded as of Tuesday. The trial has actually up until now recruited 1,215 people and will last 6 months.

” The threat of COVID-19 will not go away till a vaccine is given to all individuals,” said Indonesian President Joko Widodo at a ceremony to release the trial in Bandung, West Java. “Hopefully in January, we can produce and vaccinate everybody in the country.”

In addition to Bio Farma and Sinovac, private Indonesian firm Kalbe Farma and South Korea’s Genexine are cooperating to produce a separate vaccine. It is yet uncertain how many dosages these partnerships will produce and by when.

In Sinovac’s mid-stage trial including 600 participants in China, the rate of fever in patients was relatively lower than other COVID-19 prospects including one from AstraZeneca, the study revealed ahead of peer review.

Mid-stage trials generally check a candidate’s safety and ability to activate an immune response in a fairly small number of people prior to it goes into late-stage tests.

The research study noted that the procedure to make the vaccines utilized in the Phase 2 trial was more optimised than in Phase 1, which produced more immunogens and activated much better immune reactions.

Vaccines utilized in the late-stage trials will be made using the optimised procedure, a Sinovac representative said.

The Phase 2 results just included antibody-based immunity, the researchers said, adding that the prospect was being examined for other essential parts of the body immune system.

Sinovac is checking its vaccine abroad due to the fact that China is no longer a satisfying site for late-stage trials due to the low number of brand-new infection cases.

Reporting by Stanley Widianto and Maikel Jefriando in Jakarta and Roxanne Liu in Beijing; Additional reporting by Kate Lamb in Sydney; Modifying by Sayantani Ghosh, Christopher Cushing and Raju Gopalakrishnan


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