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SHARJAH – A health centre in Sharjah will be the first centre outside Abu Dhabi to test volunteers in the world’s first human clinical trials of an inactivated Covid-19 vaccine.
The Ministry of Health and Preventino (MOHAP) announced that the Al Qarayen Health Centre in Sharjah will be dedicated to support the Phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccine.
The centre can register, screen and test more than 500 volunteers daily, according to the ministry.
The vaccine was developed by Abu Dhabi-based G42 Healthcare and Sinopharm CNBG, the world’s sixth largest vaccine manufacturer.
Al Qarayen Health is open to residents from Sharjah and neighbouring Emirates as the trials continue to gather momentum since the launch of #4Humanity campaign on July 16.
“We are strengthening our cooperation with international partners to support the development of a safe vaccine against the disease. Thus, expanding the geographical scope of the #4Humanity campaign to include all emirates aims to enhance the results of clinical trials and ensure the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine on a larger segment of individuals,” said Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health & Prevention.
The phase 3 clinical trials follow the success of the phase I and phase II trials conducted by Sinopharm in China, which resulted in 100 percent of the volunteers generating antibodies after two doses in 28 days.
The phase 3 trials are open to individual volunteers aged between 18 and 60 living in the UAE and will last for three to six months, with the volunteers required to be available for follow up testing. ICA/Expat Media
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