A Glimmer Of Hope? Company CureVac may vaccine-candidate test

The tübingen-based company CureVac is allowed to start clinical testing of its vaccine candidates against Corona. The competent Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI) in Langen, gave the company the approval to test the drug in healthy volunteers, such as the Federal Institute for vaccines and biomedical pharmaceuticals announced. In June should be vaccinated in the Phase 1 study first subjects. At the end of April had already been sent to the company in Mainz Biontech approval to test its drug in healthy volunteers.

CureVac to test the possible Coronavirus vaccine

CureVac is working on so-called mRNA-vaccines. mRNA is a type of messenger molecule, in which the Instructions for the production of proteins is. For your vaccine CureVac have provided researchers mRNA with the Instruction for a Protein of the Coronavirus. The human cells after vaccination of this Protein, which the body recognizes as foreign. He, however, makes antibodies and other immune cells. “The immune response, we want to trigger, is very similar to the natural immune response,” said Mariola Fotin-Mleczek, for technology responsible member of the management Board of the company. Prior to a clinical study, the necessary preliminary tests are successful, the company said on its website.

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The company researched since the year 2000, mRNA vaccines. “We consider ourselves as a pioneer in the development of mRNA-based therapies,” said Franz-Werner Haas, member of the Board of CureVac. Since the end of January to work on the development of the Corona vaccine candidates. In the Phase 1 study a total of 168 healthy adult volunteers to participate, of which 144 are vaccinated. In this Phase checks the safety of the drug and whether it actually triggers a defensive reaction in the body. In the fall of first data should be available. Test centers are located in Tübingen, Hannover, Munich and in the Belgian city of Ghent.

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