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.


Lebanon information minister quits in first government resignation over blast

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Lebanon information minister quits in first government resignation over blast

  • Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel-Samad said she apologizes to the Lebanese public for failing them

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel-Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of Beirut.
“After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,” she said in a statement carried by local media, apologizing to the Lebanese public for failing them.