The aim of the study is to include 10,000 participants aged between 18 and 84 years of age, reports AFP.
The American biotechnology company Novavax announced that it has started, in the United Kingdom, the final phase of clinical trials of the experimental vaccine to combat the covid-19 pandemic.
The objective of the study is to include 10,000 participants aged between 18 and 84 years of age, reports the AFP agency.
“Due to the current high level of SARS-CoV-2 transmissions, and given that it is likely to continue to be high in the UK, we are optimistic that the clinical trial will benefit from rapid recruitment and deliver results in the short term,” he explained. , through a statement, Novavax’s director of research and development, Gregory Glenn.
This is the 11th experimental vaccine in the world to enter the last phase of clinical trials and to involve tens of thousands of participants.
Typically, half of the participants receive a placebo [agente neutro] and the other half is tested with the vaccine.
In the West, the most advanced projects are those developed by AstraZeneca, a partner of the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, by Pfizer and Moderna.
There are also Chinese and Russian projects that have already reached the final testing stage.
Novavax is one of six companies funded with hundreds of millions of dollars by the United States government and the fifth to enter the last testing phase.
The biotechnology company received more than $ 1.6 billion (about € 1.3 billion) of US public money to finance the production of 100 million doses.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed at least 978,448 deaths and almost 32 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (201,910) and also with the most confirmed cases of infection (more than 6.9 million).
Next in number of deaths are Brazil (138,977 dead, more than 4.6 million cases), India (91,149, more than 5.7 million infected), Mexico (74,949, more than 710 thousand infected) and United Kingdom (41,902 dead, more than 416 thousand cases).
Russia, with 19,720 dead, is the fourth country in the world in number of infected, after the USA, India and Brazil, with more than 1.1 million cases, followed by Colombia, with more than 784 thousand cases and 24,746 killed, and Peru, with more than 782 thousand cases and 31,870 dead.