China begins human trials for new coronavirus vaccine grown in insect cells
London, August 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A new coronavirus vaccine grown in insect cells has been developed by China in its efforts to combat the virus that has become a global pandemic but first discovered in the Asian country
Now a human testing for the potential coronavirus vaccine cultivated within insect cells has now been approved by the Chinese authorities, local government in the southwestern city of Chengdu said on Saturday.
China is in a global race to develop cost-effective vaccines to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using insect cells to grow proteins for the coronavirus vaccine – a first in China – could speed up large-scale production, the city government of Chengdu said in a notice on social media WeChat.
The vaccine, developed by West China Hospital of Sichuan University in Chengdu, has received approval from the National Medical Products Administration to enter a clinical trial, the notice said.
When tested on monkeys, the vaccine was shown to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infections with no obvious side-effects, the notice added.
Chinese scientists are already leading work on at least eight other potential coronavirus vaccines that have entered different stages of clinical trials.