[Newsletter] Round-Up of COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: Week Commencing October 19, 2020

With the news on the novel coronavirus pandemic ever-changing, and the search for COVID-19 vaccines still continuing, it is difficult to stay on top of the goings-on of the vaccines in development. To help you stay on top of things, Nidhi Parekh of The Shared Microscope writes weekly updates on the vaccines alone.

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COVID-19 Top Vaccines

There are currently 12 COVID-19 vaccines in the final phase of clinical trials. The final phase results of all these vaccines are currently awaited. For more information on the regulatory process for vaccines (which is a labyrinth), check out this post here.



1. The Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine

What is The Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

After a temporary pause due to a suspected adverse reaction, the AstraZeneca trial was resumed worldwide a couple of weeks ago. Earlier this week, the trials were (finally) resumed in the United States

Earlier this week, a 28-year-old volunteer in the Oxford vaccine trials reported to have been in the placebo arm of the trial died of COVID-19 complications. A careful assessment of the vaccine revealed no safety concerns.

The staff at major hospitals in London have apparently been told to be ready to receive the first batches of the vaccine as early as the week commencing 02 November, as reported by The Sun on Monday, October 26, 2020. 


2. The Moderna Vaccine

What is The Moderna Vaccine And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

Earlier this week, Moderna announced that they had completed the enrollment of 30,000 participants for the Phase 3 Coronavirus Efficacy study of their vaccine candidate. 

According to Moderna’s CEO, Stephane Bancel, the company should have enough data from its clinical trials by November to know whether its coronavirus vaccine works.


3. Sinovac’s CoronaVac Vaccine

What is The CoronaVac Vaccine And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

Preliminary results from late-stage Phase 3 clinical trials conducted at the Butantan Insitute in Brazil has earlier this week reported that the two-dose CoronaVac vaccine proved to be safe in the 9,000 volunteers so far. These results are preliminary and the participants will continue to be monitored.


4. Cansino’s Ad5-nCoV

What is Cansino’s Ad5-nCoV Vaccine And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

In previous newsletters, we have noted that scientists raised efficacy concerns on Cansino’s Ad5-nCoV vaccine, although no safety concerns were raised. There have been no new updates on this vaccine this week.


5. Unnamed Inactive Vaccine – Wuhan

What is The Inactive Virus Vaccine From Wuhan And How Does It Work?

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For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

There have been no new updates on this vaccine this week. For our most recent update, check out our post here.


6. Sinopharm’s BBIBP-CorV

What is Sinopharm’s BBIBP-CorV And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

Earlier this week, Sinopharm’s chairman announced that the company is hoping to produce a billion doses of their coronavirus vaccines (the unnamed Wuhan vaccine and BBIBP-CorV) per year. 


7. Pfizer and BioNTech’s BNT162b2

What is Pfizer and BioNTech’s BNT162 Vaccine And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

There has been no update on the Pfizer vaccine this week. To learn about the latest on this vaccine, check out our previous newsletter here.


8. The Russian Gam-COVID-Vac

What is the Gam-COVID-Vac And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

There have been no new updates on this vaccine this week. For the latest updates on this vaccine, check out our post here.



9. Novavax’s NVX-CoV2373

What is Novavax’s NVX-CoV2373 And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

There have been no new updates for this vaccine this week. For last week’s updates, check out our post here.


10. Johnson & Johnson’s JNJ-78436735/Ad26.CoV2-S

What is Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

Following an unexpected illness in a participant last week, J&J are to resume their Phase 3 clinical trials this week. 


11. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s BCG Vaccine Trial

What is Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Doing?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

Phase 3 clinical trial results for this vaccine are still to be declared. Since the trials started, we haven’t had any updates on the use of the BCG vaccine against COVID-19.


12. Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin

What is Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin And How Does It Work?

For a quick one-paragraph rundown, check out our recent post here.

Latest Update

Earlier this week, Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin joined the above vaccines in late-stage phase 3 clinical trials.  


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