"The trials in Pakistan will Inshallah start in about 10 days time," said Asad Umar.
Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech Ltd (SVA.O) said on Monday its coronavirus vaccine candidate appeared to be safe for older people, according to preliminary results from an early to mid-stage trial, while the immune responses triggered by the vaccine were slightly weaker than younger adults.
No vaccine has passed final, large-scale trials to prove it is effective and safe enough to protect people against the virus that has led to over 870,000 deaths globally.
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Turkey is in talks with Russia, Germany and China about conducting Phase 3 trials for coronavirus vaccines
With 589,886 cases and 11,982 deaths, South Africa is fifth in global rankings for countries with the most infections.
The vaccine is prepared by the Chinese biotech firm, CanSino Biologics.
Says the UHS VC didn't apply to the DRAP's Clinical Committee to conduct clinical trials of vaccine