Bill Gates-backed coronavirus vaccine enters human trial phase

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  • A novel coronavirus vaccine that received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has begun human trials.
  • The INO-4800 DNA vaccine from Inovio has shown promise in preclinical trials, and the conclusions of the Phase 1 study will be ready this summer.
  • If successful, the vaccine could be ready for emergency use as soon as this fall.
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The race is on to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus as fast as possible, and researchers from various institutions have made tremendous progress in a very short time. Two human trials started in the US and China over the past few weeks, while doctors in Australia are studying the potential benefits of an existing 100-year-old vaccine against COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with around 20 parties on COVID-19 vaccines, according to a report a few weeks ago, and we’ve heard of several projects that are underway already. One involves a tobacco company, while a different vaccine candidate uses a tiny patch with needles made of sugar to deliver the payload.

Bill Gates said a few weeks ago that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will spearhead the development of COVID-19 vaccines by starting work on no fewer than seven distinct production lines for potential candidates. Only up to two of them are likely to make it, and the endeavor might cost billions. It could save thousands of lives in the process though, as the logistics related to the actual manufacturing and shipping of the vaccine need to be worked out at the same time as the vaccine research. Now, we have learned that one of the Gates-backed vaccines is ready to enter Phase 1 of clinical trials.

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