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PublishDate: Sunday, August 23, 2020 14:45

China Approves Human Testing for Coronavirus Vaccine

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.

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