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Corona vaccine from Germany: Curevac announces "decisive milestone" and explains the schedule

2020-11-30T11:13:50.592Z

In the race for a corona vaccine, the Tübingen-based biotech company is now reporting an important success. But patience is still required until it is ready for the market.



In the race for a corona vaccine, the Tübingen-based biotech company is now reporting an important success.

But patience is still required until it is ready for the market.

  • Researchers around the world are working on a vaccine against

    Corona *

    .

  • The Tübingen biotech company has cleared the first

    hurdle

    .

  • The

    starting signal

    for the decisive phase III tests

    is to be given before the year is

    out.

Munich - The Tübingen biotech company

Curevac

sees itself on the right

path

with the development of a

Corona *

vaccine.

The first results in the context of phase I tests on humans were "very promising", a

Curevac

spokesman told Merkur.de * on Monday.

The total of around 250 test subjects at four test centers in

Tübingen

, Hanover,

Munich

and

Ghent

showed “very good tolerability for all tested doses of two to twelve micrograms”.

In addition, the test persons * showed a “very good formation of binding and neutralizing antibodies as well as signs of activation of T cells”.

The results achieved were very similar to the immune response of patients who were infected with the Covid-19 virus, it said.

Curevac

boss,

Franz-Werner Haas

said on Monday, "the interim phase 1

dates

" are "very encouraging" and represent "a decisive milestone in our

Covid

-19 vaccine program".

In view of the positive results, the large-scale phase IIb / III will begin “in the current year”, said Curevac spokesman Thorsten Schüller.

The vaccine will be tested on around 30,000 subjects in Europe and Latin America.

Corona vaccine from Curevac: Company hopes for market approval by mid-2021

According to the plans,

Curevac will

then submit an application for so-called rolling approval to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the first quarter of 2021.

If all goes well, the vaccine could be available in mid-2021, it said.  

In order to be able to meet the expected demand, the company is working flat out to expand its production capacities.

Curevac

is

building

a new plant

in Tübingen

.

It should go into operation in 2022 and, depending on the

amount

of 

vaccine

 , be able to produce at least one billion doses per year.

The building for it is already in place.

Now they want to install the necessary systems, said the spokesman.

Curevac

plans to

invest

 75 million euros in

the production facilities 

alone.

In July, the biotech specialist secured a loan from the European Investment Bank to finance it.

In addition, the existing systems are currently being "cloned multiple times".

Corona vaccine from Curevac: Innovative approach

Similar to the competitor 

Biontech

 from Mainz,

Curevac

has also

specialized

in the development of so-called messenger nucleic acids (

mRNA

).

In this novel approach, messengers are supposed to transport genetic blueprints for the production of unimaginably tiny amounts of antigens into the cells.

The proteins produced should trigger a defense reaction of the immune system, which should then also

 protect

the body against viruses such as the coronavirus * 

SARS-CoV-2

.

Biontech is collaborating with US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to develop a vaccine.

Curevac

 focuses on mRNA with a comparatively low dose.

The company expects this to result in particularly good tolerance among the test subjects.

In addition, a low dosage in the subsequent production enables considerable quantity advantages per batch. 

* Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network

Source: merkur

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