Syracuse, NY – Upstate Medical University today began injecting people with an experimental Kovid-19 vaccine as part of a larger study by pharmaceutical company Pfizer that would include 30,000 people from the US, Brazil, Argentina and Germany.
UP is one of 62 research centers participating in the study. It is seeking volunteers to participate in the study to evaluate the safety and performance of the potential vaccine.
Four people received the vaccine in the substate this morning, Drs. Tim Andy said that chair of microbiology and immunology at Substate.
There are no approved vaccines to stop Kovid-19 which have been spreading worldwide since the beginning of this year.
Pfizer is developing its potential vaccine with BioNotech, a German company. With an increase in Kovid-19 cases, there are several other companies to come out with the vaccine in the form of American grapes.
Massachusetts’ biotech company Modern launched a major clinical trial in the US this week of another Kovid-19 vaccine.
The federal government has agreed to pay $ 1.95 billion to buy 100 million doses of Pfizer by the end of this year if the study shows it is safe and effective. The deal was signed as part of an “Operation Tana motion”, with the Trump administration making efforts to accelerate the development and production of vaccines and treatments to fight novel coronaviruses.
The federal government’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” this fall could make a viable Kovid-19 vaccine available.
Pfizer said its potential vaccine emerged as a strong candidate based on an assessment of its safety and immune response. The company said in a statement that none of the 120 people had serious adverse events who received the vaccine in the first study. Mild to moderate side effects of the experimental vaccine include fever, fatigue, and chills.
Study at Upstate will be random. This means that some participants will receive a placebo and others, a potential vaccine. Most people in the study team will not know which individuals are receiving the placebo or experimental vaccine.
To be eligible for study, individuals must be in good health, between the ages of 18 and 85, and be able to make a two-year commitment to study. Volunteers will be required to provide blood samples until two years after receiving the vaccine / placebo. Individuals can be seen up to ten times during the two-year study period. The two-year timeframe for the study is important to assess safety and long-term immune response.
Upstate stated that individuals would be compensated for their participation and would not incur any expense to participate in the study.
Individuals who have previously tested positive for Kovid-19 are not eligible to participate. Blood tests can show if the vaccine triggers an immune response in participants that can fight the virus.
During their first two study visits, participants will receive the study vaccine or placebo injection. Nasal swabs will also be collected during these days for testing Kovid-19. During other study visits, blood samples will be taken.
For seven days after receiving the placebo / study vaccine, participants will be required to keep a daily record of any specific reactions.
Those wishing to participate in the study can call 315-464-9869 or email [email protected] for more information.
James T. Mulder covers health news. Have a news? Contact (315) 470-2245 or [email protected]