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Day: 19 November 2020

WHO Identifies 48 ‘Candidate Vaccines’ as Front-Runners Emerge

WHO Identifies 48 ‘Candidate Vaccines’ as Front-Runners Emerge

NEWS
The World Health Organisation has identified 48 “candidate vaccines” at the stage of clinical trials in humans, up from 11 in mid-June. Twelve of them are at the most advanced “phase 3” stage, in which a vaccine’s effectiveness is tested on a large scale, generally tens of thousands of people across several continents. Dozens of companies, from biotech start-ups to Big Pharma, are racing to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, both to meet the urgent medical need and for the potential payday. Earlier this month, a US-German collaboration between Pfizer and BioNTech scored a breakthrough by announcing the results of its phase 3 trial for its mRNA vaccine. It said the vaccine had proven 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 symptoms and did not produce