Human trials of coronavirus vaccine are set to begin in Indonesia
Human trials on a potential coronavirus vaccine are due to start in Indonesia next week as part of a collaboration between state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma and China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd, a senior researcher said.
The launch of the vaccine trial comes as Indonesia has struggled to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, with a consistently escalating number of cases.
The phase 3 clinical trial is set to begin on August 11 and will involve 1,620 volunteers aged between 18 and 59, Professor Kusnandi Rusmil, head researcher at Bandung’s Padjadjaran
Half of the participants will receive the vaccine over a sixmonth period, while the rest will receive a placebo, he said, noting 800 volunteers had been signed up so far. “We want to have our vaccines so we can use it for our people,” Rusmil said.
As of Wednesday, Indonesia had recorded 116,871 coronavirus infections and 5,432 deaths — the highest in East Asia.
The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a global race for a vaccine, with more than 100 in development and about a dozen already being tested on humans.