Amid warn­ing of more out­breaks, China vac­cine tri­als en­ter Phase 2

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTWORLD - Su­tirtho Pa­tra­nobis & Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

BEI­JING: China on Sun­day re­ported 25 new con­firmed Covid-19 cases in the pre­vi­ous 24 hours even as an ex­pert warned that out­breaks sim­i­lar to the one in Bei­jing could oc­cur in other cities as well.

China recorded 22 new cases in Bei­jing and three in neigh­bour­ing He­bei prov­ince on Satur­day. Since June 11, when the out­break be­gan, Bei­jing had re­ported 227 con­firmed do­mes­ti­cally trans­mit­ted cases, the Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal health com­mis­sion said in a daily re­port on Sun­day.

Of­fi­cials have said around 2.3 mil­lion peo­ple have been tested in an ef­fort to con­tain the out­break in the cap­i­tal that was linked to its big­gest whole­sale food mar­ket, Xin­fadi, in the south­west district of Feng­tai.

Bei­jing health au­thor­i­ties are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the in­fec­tion. Emer­gence of Bei­jing’s Covid-19 cases are not con­sid­ered a sec­ond wave, but a sud­den out­break within a small area, which is cur­rently con­trol­lable, Chi­nese in­fec­tious dis­ease ex­pert Zhang Wen­hong has said.

A sec­ond wave, he ex­plained, would have an ob­vi­ous peak, then de­scend af­ter spread­ing for a while. “We hope that the do­mes­tic epi­demic sit­u­a­tion can (pur­sue) a strat­egy of close to zero cases, rather than ab­so­lute zero cases,” Zhang told state me­dia.

Chi­nese re­searchers have started a phase 2 hu­man trial of a pos­si­ble coro­n­avirus vac­cine, the In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Bi­ol­ogy at Chi­nese Academy of Med­i­cal Sciences (IMBCAMS) said on Sun­day.

IMBCAMS be­gan on Satur­day a phase 2 hu­man test for its ex­per­i­men­tal shot, which is among six pos­si­ble vac­cines Chi­nese sci­en­tists are test­ing.

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