China's Vice Technology Minister says coronavirus vaccine submitted for clinical trials in April

China's Vice Technology Minister says coronavirus vaccine submitted for clinical trials in April
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Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping said in a press conference on Friday that the vaccine for coronavirus will be submitted for clinical trials as soon as late April, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"In terms of vaccine research and development, multiple routes are deployed in parallel to advance research and development. The fastest vaccine is expected to be applied for clinical trials around late April", Xu told reporters.

The minister added that the development of the vaccine for various technical routes in China is basically being synchronised with foreign countries. 

In terms of etiology and epidemiology, Xi said, the virus strain was isolated and identified for the first time and the whole genome sequence of the virus was shared with the World Health Organisation, "laying the foundation for the rapid advancement of diagnostic technology and the development of a drug vaccine".

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