Spanish vaccine against Covid-19 could be ready next year

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The Spanish vaccine against Covid-19 could be on sale at the beginning of next year.

Spain’s vaccine against Covid-19 could be on sale next year, the Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant has told El Periodico.

The vaccine will be commercialised by pharmaceutical company Hipra “if the clinical trials prosper,” she said.

The vaccine apparently provides a good response to Covid-19 variants and can be kept in a fridge which makes logistics and transport easier, the minister said.

Related: On August 11, the Spanish vaccine was approved for its first human clinical trial.

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), which reports to the Ministry of Health, have given the go-ahead for the first human clinical trial of the PHH-1V vaccine against the coronavirus. The vaccine is made by the company Hipra and this is the first human trial for a Spanish vaccine.

Several hospitals will take part in the trial and volunteers will be selected as soon as possible. Volunteers will need to be between 18 and 39 years of age.

The trial will see volunteers divided into groups, the first of which will be given the lowest dose of the vaccine. The data will then be assessed by an independent monitoring commission. Further doses could then be given if there are no safety concerns. This first stage of the trial aims to find the optimal vaccine dose.

As reported 20 minutes, “The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science and Innovation are in contact with other research groups that are developing vaccines against COVID-19 in Spain to support them in the regulatory process and facilitate the process, while ensuring that these vaccines have all the guarantees of quality, safety and efficacy necessary to finally be authorised.”

Throughout the trial all the volunteers will obviously be closely monitored. The Ministry of Health have highlighted the fact that: “it will be necessary to wait until the clinical trial has been completed to be able to analyse all the data and draw final conclusions”.

“These clinical trials are part of the requirements that all investigational vaccines must undergo to demonstrate their quality, safety and efficacy. Only after they have been evaluated and if they meet regulatory standards will they be authorised for marketing.”


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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