Imperial College of London Vaccine to be Tested in Uganda by December 2020

Imperial College of London Vaccine to be Tested in Uganda by December 2020

The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) aligned with Imperial College of London to launch the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial by December 2020. With the final internal processes and procedures underway, Professor Pontiano Kaleebu reports the team is authoring the protocol directing the trial associated with the vaccine under development by Imperial College London of the United Kingdom. The first phase trial will center on safety and immunogenicity.

COVID-19 in Uganda

With over 42 million people, Uganda has a good-sized population, but the cases of COVID-19 have not spread very far or wide. There are various hypotheses for this, which TrialSite won’t delve into here. According to public records, the entire nation has 1,313 cases and nine deaths. However, the fear is that the virus could spread, and the nation’s health authorities don’t want to take any chances.

Legacy of Mistrust

In a recent article in the Monitor, the local news reminded all about some of the ethical violations involving clinical trials in past years. Africans have resented any effort to unethically test subjects with foreign vaccines.

Uganda Upbeat

However, Professor Kaleebu s...

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