SAO PAULO | A vaccine against the coronavirus developed by the chinese laboratory Sinovac Biotech must begin to be tested in Brazil Tuesday, with 900 professionals of the health volunteers in Sao Paulo, announced on Monday the local authorities.
In total, this vaccine will be injected to 9000 volunteers in six brazilian States, in the framework of phase 3, the last before the registration.
These tests are conducted by the Institute’s public reference Butantan, which must produce 120 million doses if the results are conclusive.
“We will be able to have in Brazil the first vaccine distributed massively (…). We are in the midst of the outbreak, with many cases, it is the ideal scenario to test a vaccine,” said Monday, at a press conference, Dimas Covas, director of the Institute Butantan.
Brazil is the second country most affected by the COVID-19, after the United States, with nearly 80 000 deaths and more than 2 million people become infected.
The volunteers will be monitored by doctors every two weeks and the first results are expected in three months.
Some 20,000 doses of the Coronavac arrived by plane Monday morning to Sao Paulo and will be distributed in 12 centers of research, in this State, the most populous country in the Brazil, but also those of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, and the capital Brasilia.
Another vaccine whose development is one of the most advanced in the world, is already in phase 3 testing in Brazil since the end of June, the University of Oxford and the laboratoire AstraZeneca.
As for the project of Sinovac, a technology transfer agreement has been signed for Brazil to manufacture it locally.
This vaccine in the uk has presented encouraging results, generating a “strong immune response”, as well as another chinese project, the group CanSino Biologics, according to preliminary elements published on Monday by the british medical journal The Lancet.
Brazil is a land suitable for the testing of the vaccine because the pandemic is still expanding and the country has a globally acknowledged know-how in terms of immunization.
80 000 people dead in the country
Brazil has surpassed the mark of 80 000 people died of the coronavirus after you have registered Monday, 632 additional deaths during the past 24 hours, announced the ministry of Health.
The largest country in Latin America deplores a total of 80 120 dead from Covid-19 and over 2.1 million of confirmed cases of contamination with 20 257 new cases in a day.
The figures, however, considered to be largely inferior to the reality by the scientific community, due to the lack of testing in this country including the president, Jair Bolsonaro, has also been contaminated, as well as several members of his government, and is in quarantine.
On Friday, WHO said that the pandemic had reached a plateau, calling on the authorities to seize this opportunity to push back the disease.”
The average of deaths in seven days remains higher than 1 000 people die every day for over a month, with large regional disparities.
If the number of daily deaths has stabilized in some regions, the curves are rising in the affected areas later, including the South and Center-west.