COVID-19: China says first coronavirus vaccine could be ready by September
- A Chinese official has claimed that in less than five months China's first coronavirus vaccine could be ready
- The vaccine which is expected to be ready by September would be used in emergency situations
- China has started conducting clinical trials on three vaccine candidates
The director-general of China's Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) Dr. Gao Fu has claimed that the country's first coronavirus vaccine could be ready by September.
According to a report by Daily Mail, the Chinese official on Thursday, April 23, said that in less than five months China expects to have a successful vaccine candidate for the deadly virus.
Dr. Gao speaking to CGTN further explained that the vaccine would be used for emergency situations.
He said: "To develop a vaccine or specific drug, it always takes time. Because the vaccine will be used on healthy people, you wanna make sure the vaccine you're developing is safe and efficient.
Maybe by September, we might have a vaccine to be used for emergencies. For example, if we have some emergency outbreak again."
The Chinese official stated that China is leading the world's efforts to develop vaccines for the global pandemic which has claimed the lives of thousands across the world.
Dr. Gao added that the vaccine could be used on medical workers before the general population.
Presently, China has three vaccine candidates and they have been given permission to conduct clinical trials. Two of these candidates are already in their second stage of testing.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims of vaccines developed for the COVID-19 in Nigeria, saying the claims were untrue and not to its knowledge.
WHO Immunisation Team Lead, Dr. Fiona Braka, said on Monday, April 20, said there is no approved vaccine in Nigeria or any part of Africa for COVID-19 yet.
Braka said researches are still ongoing on the deadly viral disease. She added that COVID-19, being a new disease, has no ready vaccines.
Similarly, the federal government on Tuesday, April 21 warned against patronizing a fake coronavirus vaccine, which it said was on sale in Kano state.
This was revealed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19.
The minister urged the people of Kano not to patronize the vaccine, saying it is not certified by health experts.
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