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CanSino vaccine tested in first human trial is induces a rapid immune response

CanSino vaccine tested in first human trial is induces a rapid immune response

A coronavirus vaccine tested for the first time in humans is safe and induces a rapid immune response, researchers at China’s CanSino Biologics Inc have reported The Lancet medical journal.

Blood samples from a group of 108 vaccinated adults showed both neutralising antibodies and T-cell responses against the novel coronavirus in most of those tested.Further studies will be needed to confirm whether the vaccine protects against infection.

“These results represent an important milestone. The trial demonstrates that a single dose of [the trial vaccine] produces virus-specific antibodies and T cells in 14 days, making it a potential candidate for further investigation,” co-author Professor Wei Chen from the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology in Beijing said in a statement.

“However … the ability to trigger these immune responses does not necessarily indicate that the vaccine will protect humans from COVID-19 … we are still a long way from this vaccine being available to all.”

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