The Ministry of Health announced on Aug 8,2020 (Saturday) the implementation of phase III efficacy trials of a vaccine against the coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. The trials will be conducted within the framework of the cooperation agreement between the Kingdom and China that includes the implementation of clinical trials.
The Ministry of Health indicated that an action plan is being developed to implement the phase III of the clinical trial of the vaccine against coronavirus in cooperation with the Chinese company CanSino, which has developed a vaccine against the virus and has carried out first and second phases trials in China.
The Ministry stated that the third phase will include multi-center clinical studies in different countries and on large numbers of people after the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine has been confirmed following the 1st and 2nd phases trials.
The study, which will be implemented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is set to target at least 5,000 healthy volunteers who are over the age of 18.
The Ministry of Health pointed out that work is currently under way to prepare screening and testing centers while also making preparations to start the procedures in 3 main cities, namely Dammam, Riyadh and Makkah.
This step comes as a continuation of the studies and research being conducted by the Ministry of Health in this area, as it, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), recently conducted an advanced multi-center clinical study in seven hospitals inside the Kingdom to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry confirmed its continuous efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the search for an effective vaccine with unlimited support from the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the Crown Prince, which has spared no effort to preserve the health and safety of its citizens and residents.
Saudi Arabia announced 37 more deaths from Coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,167.
The Ministry of Health also said that it has registered 1,428 new infected cases, now totalling 288,690 cases in the Kingdom.
The areas most affected were Makkah with 125 new cases, followed by Riyadh with 106 cases and then Al Hafouf with 68 new infections.
The ministry also said that 1,599 patients have recovered from the coronavirus disease, bringing number of recovered cases to 252,039.