[Newsletter] Round-Up of COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: Week Commencing December 28, 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 21 COVID-19 vaccines in the final phase of clinical trials, some of which have received regulatory approval for use limited or full use in various countries. 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

Earlier this week, the Oxford vaccine received its first regulatory approval for use in the United Kingdom. The vaccine has also now been approved in India, where the Serum Institute of India is responsible for the mass manufacturing of this vaccine. Additionally, the vaccine got authorization in Argentina, where 22.4 million doses of the vaccine have been ordered. 

In the UK, the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine began today. The rollout in India won’t begin for a few weeks. We were unable to find information on the rollout in Argentina.

As part of the COVID vaccination plan, the UK has confirmed that they will provide the second dose of this COVID-19 jab 12 weeks apart, rather than 21 days apart. This has faced criticism from doctors.


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 released their statement on the SARS-CoV-2 virus variant, which is available here. Similarly, a statement on Moderna’s worker vaccination policy was also issued, which is available here.


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

There have been no updates on this vaccine this week. For the latest update, check out our previous newsletter here


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

There have been no updates on this vaccine this week. For the latest update, check out our previous newsletter here


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 updates on this vaccine this week. For our latest, check out our previous newsletter 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

This vaccine, developed by Sinopharm’s BBIBP-CorV, received approval for use in China. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that their vaccine has a 79.34% efficacy rate. 


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

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization issued emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine. The UK has also confirmed that they will provide the second dose of this COVID-19 jab 12 weeks apart, rather than 21 days apart. This has faced criticism from doctors.


8. The Russian Sputnik V

What is theSputnik V And How Does It Work?

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

Latest Update

Russia is now ready for the combined trials of the Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The study aims to test if the combined vaccination boosts the efficacy of the vaccines. 


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

Earlier this week, Novavax announced that they have begun Phase 3 clinical trials of their vaccine in the United States and Mexico.


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

There have been no updates on this vaccine this week. For our latest, check out our previous newsletter here.  


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

India has formally approved the emergency use of Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin. Experts have raised concerns over the “rushed” approval of the vaccine. You can find more information about this here.


13. The Medicago-GSK Coronavirus-Like Particle (CoVLP)

What is Medicago’s Coronavirus-Like Particle (CoVLP)?

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.


14. Anhui Zhifei Longcom and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Vaccine Candidate

What is Anhui Zhifei Longform’s vaccine based on?

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.


15. The AnGes AG0302-COVID19

What is AnGes’ AG0302-COVID19 vaccine?

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 on the vaccine, check out our post here


16. Institute of Medical Biology at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences’ Vaccine

What is the Institute of Medical Biology’s vaccine?

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 on the vaccine, check out our post here


17. GSK-Clover Biopharmaceuticals’ COVID-19 Vaccine

What is Clover Biopharmaceuticals’ vaccine?

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 on the vaccine, check out our post here


18. Vector Institute’s EpiVacCorona

What is the EpiVacCorona vaccine?

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 on the vaccine, check out our post here


19. CureVac’s CVnCoV

What is CureVac’s CVnCoV vaccine?

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 on the vaccine, check out our post here


20. Kazakhstan’s QazCovid Vaccine

What is the QazCovid vaccine?

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

Latest Update

Kazakhstan’s QazCovid vaccine has joined the above vaccines and entered Phase 3 clinical trials as of December 25, 2020. 


21. India’s Zydus Cadila (aka ZyCoV-D)

What is India’s ZyCoV-D vaccine?

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

Latest Update

The ZyCoV-D, developed in India, is the latest vaccine to join Phase 3 clinical trials.


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