German-Chinese coronavirus vaccine trial begins
Clinical trials on humans have begun in China for a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by German pharmaceutical group BioNTech with Chinese company Fosun Pharma, the companies said.
Seventy-two participants have already received their first dose following approval for the phase 1 trial from Chinese regulatory authorities, BioNTech and Fosun Pharma said in a statement.
The vaccine candidate, known as BNT162b1, is one of four based on BioNTech's proprietary mRNA technology.
Another, BNT162b2, is being evaluated in a global phase 3 trial conducted by BioNTech and US giant Pfizer which started on July 27.
The phase 1 trial in China involves 144 participants who will receive two doses 21 days apart. Those aged 18-55 will be the first to take part, followed by older people.
Vietnam confirms 41 new infections
Vietnam's health ministry on Wednesday reported an additional 41 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total to 713 infections, with eight deaths.
Forty of the new cases are linked to Danang, the new coronavirus epicentre where Vietnam on July 25 detected its first locally transmitted infections in more than three months.
There were two other cases reported earlier in the day.
There have been 264 cases since the virus resurfaced in Danang, which include all eight of the country's COVID-19 deaths. Infections have since been found in at least 10 locations in Vietnam.
Hong Kong reports 85 cases
Hong Kong reported 85 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including three that were locally transmitted, as authorities battle to control a third wave of the outbreak which has seen a resurgence in infections over the past month.
Since late January, around 3,700 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 42 of whom have died.
Russia's Covid-19 cases surpass 865,000
Russia reported 5,204 new cases of the novel coron
avirus on Wednesday, bringing its nationwide tally to 866,627, the fourth largest caseload in the world.
Russia's coronavirus taskforce said 139 people had died over the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 14,490.