By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 18 November 2021 • 19:12
The Hospital Clinico de Valencia is looking for participants to trial the Spanish vaccine against coronavirus. The trial which will start in a few weeks’ time is to test the vaccine developed by the Hipra Laboratory and more specifically to determine its effectiveness as a third or booster dose for those who have received two Pfizer doses.
The hospital has begun its search for suitable candidates who will be given their first dose of the Hypra vaccine. The vaccine is different to those already in use and is not based on either RNA or adenovirus. Hypra have used recombination technology
For this reason, the service has Clinical Hospital already begun work to search for possible candidates who can begin to receive these first doses of the Hipra vaccine. Unlike the vaccines already in use, the Spanish serum is not based on RNA (ribonucleic acid or gene regulation) or adenovirus (the actual coronavirus). Instead it utilises recombination technology (inserting DNA from a different species into the virus) of the virus proteins to achieve the immunological reaction in the inoculated patient. The vaccine also makes uses of an adjuvant that increases the immune reaction against the virus.
If you want to sign up to the trial you need to understand that it is voluntary and unpaid although the hospital has said it will provide minimal financial assistance, essentially covering travel expenses to the hospital for the duration of the study.
You will need to:
If you meet all these requirements and want to take part in the trial then you should email the hospital directly at [email protected] together with your identification data and confirmation of your vaccinated status. If accepted you will be required to provide your vaccination certificate or covid passport.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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