- Chinese authorities have granted the first patent for a COVID-19 vaccine named Ad5-nCoV
- The patent was applied for by a research team with an academic institution and a biopharmaceutical company
- In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, the vaccine can be produced quickly on a large scale
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A report by People’s Daily, a Chinese-owned newspaper on Sunday, August 16, indicates that authorities have granted the first patent for a COVID-19 vaccine named Ad5-nCoV.
The patent granted by the country’s National Intellectual Property Administration was jointly applied for by a Chinese biopharmaceutical company, called CanSino Biologics Inc and a research team with the Academy of Military Sciences.
The recombinant COVID-19 vaccine was developed by a research team, led by Chen Wei, an infectious disease expert, and researcher at the Institute of Military Medicine.
According to the patent abstract report, the vaccine can be produced quickly on a large scale to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak.
It should be noted that the vaccine has completed the first and second phase clinical trials. The completion of the trials has verified the vaccine's safety and immunogenicity.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that it seems Russia has finally beaten the world to it as the country planned to launch its COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, August 12, without the certification of the World Health Organisation.
The three phases of human trials by Russia have successfully been completed as the country plans to go into mass production.
It should be noted that the country has two test candidates. One is for a vaccine being worked on by the Vektor State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology while the second is being handled by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in collaboration with the Russian Defence Ministry.
In a related development, the federal government on Wednesday, August 12, said Nigeria had not placed an order for any vaccines from Russia.
The government made the clarification following reports that about 20 countries had ordered billions of the Russian vaccine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the approval of the coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, for use on Tuesday, August 11.
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