• CTM News

Exclusive: U.S. plans massive coronavirus vaccine testing effort to meet the year-end deadline


REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

The United States plans a massive testing effort involving more than 100,000 volunteers and a half dozen or so of the most promising vaccine candidates in an effort to deliver a safe and effective one by the end of 2020, scientists leading the program told Reuters.


The project will compress what is typically 10 years of vaccine development and testing into a matter of months, testimony to the urgency to halt a pandemic that has infected more than 5 million people, killed over 335,000, and battered economies worldwide.


To get there, leading vaccine makers have agreed to share data and lend the use of their clinical trial networks to competitors should their own candidate fail, the scientists said.


Candidates that demonstrate safety in small early studies will be tested in huge trials of 20,000 to 30,000 subjects for each vaccine, slated to start in July.


Between 100,000 and 150,000 people may be enrolled in the studies, said Dr. Larry Corey, a vaccine expert at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, who is helping design the trials. “If you don’t see a safety problem, you just keep going,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), told Reuters. The vaccine effort is part of a public-private partnership called Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) announced last month.


23 May 2020

News Source Reuters

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

  • White Facebook Icon

ISSN: 2639-7714  ( Print )

ISSN: 2639-7730  ( Online )

P. O. Box 360722  Dallas, 75336 Texas

© 2020 by Christian Times Magazine