Countries Developing Vaccine against Coronavirus
Nearly 35 laboratories around the world are racing to create a vaccine against coronavirus. Researchers might need another few months to create the first working samples.
China was one of the first countries to launch trials on people. 108 volunteers aged 18-60 were injected with a potential vaccine against COVID-19 last week. They were divided into three groups of 36 and then given either a low, medium or high dose of the vaccine. The participants have been placed in two-week quarantine under close medical observation. Scientists said that preclinical trials will be held until the end of the month. After that, clinical trials of the vaccine will be started.
The U.S. developers also held trials, trying the new vaccine against COVID-19 on four volunteers. German scientists are planning to start clinical trials only in the beginning of the summer. Russian scientists started developing the cure against coronavirus as well. The State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology want to test the developments on animals first. The scientists forecast the launch of the vaccine at the end of the year. Kazakhstan also started to develop the drug against the infection. National center for biotechnology in Nur-Sultan together with the Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems has started working on the new antiviral vaccine. Scientists of the University of Queensland, Australia, are researching ways to fight the virus.