A Chinese drugmaker, which is collaborating with AstraZeneca PLC on production of a coronavirus vaccine, has won approval from Chinese regulators to start testing one of its own vaccine candidates at home.
Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products Co., one of the world’s largest producers of hepatitis B vaccines, said Tuesday in a stock-exchange filing it will begin testing its coronavirus vaccine candidate on people immediately, after it was found to protect mice and monkeys from the new virus.
The company, based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, didn’t say where it would conduct the trials. Because China has largely brought the virus under control at home, its drugmakers have had to venture to other countries where coronavirus is still a problem to run larger scale advanced clinical trials. Their initial trials to test for safety, however, have generally taken place in China.
Shenzhen Kangtai also said it has already built a new facility for producing the vaccine, for which it will seek separate regulatory certification.
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