Covid-19 Brazil

Brazil to Participate and Produce the Chinese Coronavirus Vaccine


On Thursday, Brazil’s Instituto Butantan declared the signing of a joint clinical collaboration deal to propel the human trial of Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine against coronavirus to its stage 3. As per the official statement, the test will begin next month with 9,000 volunteers.

Brazil has the second-largest coronavirus cases after the United States, with more than 770,000 affirmed Covid-19 cases and reported 40,000 deaths. Around 417,773 people worldwide have succumbed to the coronavirus disease.

On Thursday, Moderna Inc. affirmed that it will start stage 3 preliminary trial of the coronavirus vaccine in July which is a sigh of relief amid such a big global health crisis.

Here’s a glance at Moderna’s mRNA-1273 and Sinovac’s CoronaVac as they enter the final testing one month from now as researchers race to make a vaccine against Covid-19 amid mounting cases. 

Authorities say that the Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine has passed two phases of trials in China, where it was successfully injected to monkeys and afterward to 744 Chinese volunteers. 

The third preliminary trial, which will start in July is going to enlist around 9,000 volunteers from Brazil. The immunization, whenever proven effective, will be manufactured in Brazil and could be accessible in the first half of 2021. 

Brazil is also engaging in testing a Covid-19 vaccine created by the University of Oxford this month. The Oxford University’s nominee, AZD1222, is considered as one of the most promising and is in the final stage of Phase 2/3 clinical tests. 

Researchers believe that Oxford University’s vaccine is most promising and on the final stage of trials among all coronavirus vaccine researches that are ongoing globally. Nearly 2,000 Brazilians will be selected to join in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for the Oxford University’s vaccine project.

Sao Paulo’s Governor Joao Doria stated in a press briefing that Brazil’s leading research center Butantan Institute had reached a technology transfer deal with China’s Sinovac Biotech. Hoping the vaccine trails turn out effective and safe which could later help in immunizing Brazilians and also many people globally, he added.


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