Abu Dhabi begins world’s first WHO-listed stage 3 clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine

Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Hamid, Chairman of the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, was the first volunteer to participate in clinical trials taking place in Abu Dhabi for the third phase of the inactive vaccine for COVID-19. (Abu Dhabi Media Office)
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Updated 16 July 2020

Abu Dhabi begins world’s first WHO-listed stage 3 clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine

  • The trail is a partnership between Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group
  • The vaccine already passed phases one and two of the clinical trials without showing any serious negative reactions

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi began phase three of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, the emirate’s government media office said.
The human trial is the world’s first WHO-listed phase three clinical trial for a coronavirus inactivated vaccine.
Taking place in Abu Dhabi, the trail is a partnership between Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group (CNBG), Abu Dhabi based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Group 42 and the Abu Dhabi Department of Health.
Abu Dhabi Department of Health Chairman, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, was the first to participate in the trial, followed by Acting Undersecretary Jamal Al Kaabi.

The vaccine already passed phases one and two of the clinical trials without showing any serious negative reactions, with 100% of all volunteers generating antibodies.

The clinical trial process is usually divided into three phases, UAE state agency said The first phase mainly looks into the safety of the vaccine. Phase II evaluates immunogenicity and explores the immunization process in a limited number of individuals. Phase III considers the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in a larger population sample. If a vaccine is confirmed safe and effective throughout the entire clinical trial process, the test is considered successful, and the vaccine enters into the large-scale manufacturing phase.


Jordan's increase in coronavirus cases 'worrying', government says

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Jordan's increase in coronavirus cases 'worrying', government says

CAIRO: Jordan’s increase in coronavirus cases is “worrying,” however the situation remains under control, the Kingdom’s government said Thursday.
Minister of State for Media affairs Amjad Al-Adaileh called on Jordanians to avoid gatherings of more than 20 people.
He specifically addressed parents of high school students, who are waiting for exam results next Saturday, the state news agency PETRA reported.
Al-Adaileh said those who violate instructions on gatherings in a step to avoid the spread of the virus.
“Do not let your celebrations over school results turn into a setback on the epidemic level,” he said. 
Al-Adaileh said Jordanians are capable in two weeks, if they adhere to social distancing regulations, of restoring control over the spread of the disease and return local infection rates back to low levels. 
Jordan has overall seen a drop in COVID-19 cases, with new infections recorded mainly among travelers arriving from abroad.
However, the Kingdom registered 25 cases of COVID-19 in the past two days, mostly at the Jaber crossing with Syria. This prompted Jordan to close its border with Syria for a week starting Thursday. 
Al-Adaileh said no decision has been made yet on reimposing a curfew. He added that no Jordan official wishes to return to the lockdown, which had an serious impact on the country economically, socially and emotionally.