Experts to start clinical trials of SARS vaccine

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  • Monday, 08 Aug 2005

A SARS vaccine developed by a Beijing-based inspection and quarantine body is now being tested in clinical trials.  

Lan Wanli was injected with SARS vaccine in Beijing, on May 22, 2004.  

According to an official with the Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, its vaccine for SARS has been approved by government authorities, and is ready for the patent application process.  

“Our vaccine could be good for three years before it is injected into people,” said the official on Friday, who only gave his name as Dong.  

The vaccine that was invented last October could also be produced in massive amounts, he said, serving to prevent an outbreak more effectively.  

At least two research institutes in China are developing SARS vaccines.  

Zhong Nanshan, president of the Chinese Medical Association, said last month that scientists in Beijing would carry out trials among volunteers aged 20 to 60 to test the effectiveness of a SARS vaccine.  

Initial trials involving 36 volunteers at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing found antibodies against the disease developed in all volunteers. – China Daily  

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