China Launches Phase 3 Trials for First Domestically Developed mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Called ‘ARCoV’

China Launches Phase 3 Trials for First Domestically Developed mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Called ‘ARCoV’

Biotech companies in China moved swiftly during the early stages of the pandemic to develop COVID-19 vaccine products. Often in partnership with State-sponsored entities, the resulting vaccines from SinoPharm, Sinovac, and CanSino Biologics, for example, were developed rapidly on known existing vaccine technologies, such as the use of a weakened virus or piece of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein cost, yet haven’t performed as well based on a number of data points in the market. TrialSite recently suggested these products were not producing as robust results combating SARS-CoV-2 as the mRNA-based vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. These mRNA vaccines are highly sought after as they boost protein translation, modulate native and adaptive immunogenicity, and improve vaccine delivery. So in this way, it was apparent that although China’s economic explosion over the past decades has put the world’s most populous nation right behind America in terms of the number of economies in the world as measured by gross domestic product, the life sciences advancements in fighting the pandemic appeared behind those of America and Europe. Perhaps that’s about to change as Walvax Biotechnology Co...

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