Vaccine Maker Shopping for a Country to Conduct Phase 3 Clinical Trial: Prospects Look Increasingly Dim

Vaccine Maker Shopping for a Country to Conduct Phase 3 Clinical Trial Prospects Look Increasingly Dim

Vaccine maker CanSino Biologics, at one point the leading vaccine developer in pursuit of a COVID-19 vaccine, continues to slip behind the competition, and recently, its co-founder and director announced the company’s discussions with various countries to conduct a Phase 3 clinical trial. While on the domestic front, the Chinese government has volunteered its military for an exclusive one year use, the reality is that COVID-19 cases have gone down in that country, where the pathogen originated from, due more than likely to lax wet market public health standards. Moreover, domestically, two other vaccines have moved into Phase 3 including Sinovac and a unit China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm), hence making the domestic field probably too crowded.  Therefore, the company’s look overseas and thus far only a few countries are even willing to entertain talking to them.

At a recent anti-viral drug development conference in Suzhou, in eastern China, executive director and company co-founder Qiu Dongxu shared that the company was in discussions with  Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia and that thus far only a few countries have agreed to work with the firm.  They face c...

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