Brazil state signs deal to make Russian vaccine

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The Brazilian state of Parana signed a deal to test and produce Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, though officials stressed they would have to be sure of its safety and effectiveness first.

The vaccine would have to receive Brazilian regulatory approval and complete Phase 3 clinical trials, or large-scale testing in humans, before being produced in Brazil, said officials from the southern state.

Production, if it goes ahead, would likely only start in the second half of 2021, said Jorge Callado, head of the state-run Parana Technology Institute, which signed the deal with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).

SOURCE: AGENCIES

PHOTO: Several candidate vaccines are in phase 3 trials including a Chinese variant from biopharmaceutical company Sinovac in collaboration with Brazilian research institute Butantan. AFP

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