Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | ePaper

Coronavirus vaccine trial uncertain as China wants co-funding

  • Print
Staff Reporter :
The phase-3 trial of Covid-19 vaccine, developed by China's Sinovac, became uncertain in Bangladesh after Chinese government proposed for co-funding of the trial.
The trial was supposed to begin in September but the latest development caused a delay, said the authorities.
'China has proposed co-funding for the trial which delays the beginning of the trial,' health secretary Abdul Mannan told the media.
'We are considering the proposal but could not tell about possible date for reaching a decision,' he said.
The Bangladesh Medical Research Council on July 19 has approved the phase-3 trial of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac.
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh partnered with Sinovac and seven hospitals in Bangladesh were selected for the trial on 4,200 volunteers.
Sinovac initiated the development of an inactivated vaccine against Covid-19 named CoronaVac in January and got the approval to conduct the phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trials in China that began in April.
The phase-3 clinical trial to test the efficacy and safety of the vaccine has already been approved by a number of countries, including Brazil, one of the worst coronavirus-hit countries.
Bangladesh confirmed its first Covid-19 cases on March 8.
The country so far tallied 3.63 lakh cases with 5,251 deaths.
The National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 suggested the government to allow trial of Covid-19 vaccines as it would enable Bangladesh to access the vaccines early.
Health minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday said that the government allocated Tk 100 million fund for Covid-19 vaccines, but it was not clear if the government would co-fund the trial.
A number of firms, including from Europe and India, proposed Bangladesh for the trial of their Covid-19 vaccines.

More News For this Category

Father arrested for trying to rape daughter in Narayanganj

Our Correspondent :A man has been arrested for trying to rape his 13-year-old daughter in Rupganj upzaila of Narayanganj district.Police arrested Anwar Hossain, son of late Kadam Ali from

Two buses engage in a race to overtake each other on Naya Paltan road in the capital on Monday defying traffic rules.

Two buses engage in a race to overtake each other on Naya Paltan road in the capital on Monday defying traffic rules.

.

 A Palestinian demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, outside the French Cultural Center in Gaza City on Monday.

A Palestinian demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, outside the French Cultural Center in Gaza City on Monday.

.

Muslim world condemns Macron, France over treatment of Islam

Al Jazeera News :The backlash over French President Emmanuel Macron's critique of Islam has intensified after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned his counterpart's mental health, while Muslims in

Fire breaks out at Gazipur shoe factory

UNB, Gazipur :A fire broke out at a footwear factory at Temgra Bazar in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur on Monday.Senior station officer of Sreepur Fire Service, Mia Raz, said

2nd Covid wave swells across US, Europe as winter looms

Reuters, Milan :The United States, Russia and France set new daily records for coronavirus infections as a second wave swelled across parts of the Northern Hemisphere, forcing some countries

Man killed in city road accident

Staff Reporter :A man was killed in a road accident in Badda Natun Bazar area under Gulshan police station in the city on Monday.The unknown 35-year-old man was hit

Pompeo in India for talks on China threats

AFP :US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Monday, kicking off a four-country Asia tour that he has said will focus on the "threats" posed

Durga Puja ends with immersion of Goddess on Bijoya Dashami

UNB, Dhaka :Sharadiya Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, ended on Monday with the immersion of idols of goddess Durga and her children on the

Won't spare wrongdoers: Home Minister

UNB, Dhaka :Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said that those who are involved in the crime will be brought to book irrespective of their identities."If anyone commits a