Clinical trial of ARCT-154 COVID-19 vaccine begins in Vietnam

August 16, 2021 | 10:43
The Hanoi Medical University on August 15 began the human clinical trial of the ARCT-154 vaccine against COVID-19, using mRNA technology from the United States.
Clinical trial of ARCT-154 COVID-19 vaccine begins in Vietnam
Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan witnessed the administration of ARCT-154 vaccines for clinical testing on August 15

The first stage of clinical trials will be conducted on 100 volunteers aged 18 and older on August 15-16. The clinical trial will be carried out in three stages.

The second stage will be conducted on 300 volunteers from several provinces and the third stage will involve 20,600 volunteers.

Addressing the launch, Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan said, “I am delighted to witness the launch of clinical trials of the ARCT-154 vaccine using mRNA technology. I believe that the clinical trial will produce positive results, and Vietnam will have its own COVID-19 vaccines."

The COVID-19 vaccines using mRNA technology of Arcturus have been in clinical trials in the US, Singapore, and several other countries. ARCT-154 was found efficient against the highly infectious Delta variant and other known variants.

Earlier in August, the Ministry of Health approved the human clinical trial of the ARCT-154 vaccine. The vaccine technology was transferred to VinBioCare Biotechnology JSC, a unit of Vietnam's leading multisectoral conglomerate Vingroup, from Arcturus Therapeutics Holding Incorporation, US. This is a vaccine developed on mRNA technology to prevent COVID-19.

The ARCT-154 vaccine is the third COVID-19 vaccine to be produced in Vietnam. The two others are Nano Covax, and COVIVAC.

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