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UHS Set to Launch Final Trials of Another Chinese Vaccine

University of Health Sciences (UHS) has made all the necessary arrangements to launch the phase-III clinical trial of another Chinese vaccine for Coronavirus known as ‘ZF2001.’

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According to details, the final stage clinical trial will start next week and will involve 1,000 volunteers aged 18 or above.


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During a review meeting, Vice-Chancellor UHS, Prof. Dr. Javed Akram, said that the safety and efficacy of ZF2001 will be determined through a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 1,000 volunteers of 18 years of age and above.

The study’s participants will be administered 3 doses of ZF2001 in three months after which the clinical trial will enter the follow-up stage.

All volunteers will be required to visit the trial site 7 times during the three months for which they will be paid Rs. 16,000 for food and travel expense.

ZF2001 has been developed by Anhui Zhifei Longcom, a Chinese biopharmaceutical company, in collaboration with the Institute of Microbiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Previously, UHS held the phase-III clinical trial of Ad5-nCoV, a Coronavirus vaccine developed by CanSino Biologics, a Chinese biotechnology company.

During the multination phase-III trial, the Cansino vaccine demonstrated 65% effectiveness at preventing symptomatic cases and 91% effectiveness at preventing severe infection.

As for the Pakistani subset, the vaccine offered 75% protection against symptomatic cases and 100% protection against severe infection.

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