[Newsletter] Round-Up of COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: Week Commencing January 25, 2021

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

On January 29, 2021, the European Medicines Agency approved the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the European Union.

This news comes after the row between the parties (AstraZeneca and the EU) — AstraZeneca says they are having production problems in the Netherlands and Belgium which will cause issues in supplying to the EU. Learn more about these disputed vaccine contracts here and here



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

Moderna announced a supply update for the United States, reporting that 30.4 million doses have been supplied to the United States government to date.

Moderna is now in discussions with the United States for an additional 100 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. 

Similar to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Moderna has cut deliveries of their COVID-19 vaccine to Italy and France, too. 


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 new updates on Sinovac’s CoronaVac this week. Check out our latest update 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

Last week it was confirmed (by Bloomberg) that CanSino has offered Pakistan 20 million shots of their COVID-19 vaccine. This week, Pakistan has received their first COVID-19 vaccine shipment from the Chinese company, Cansino.


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 update, 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

On January 30, 2021, Hungary was the first country in the European Union to authorize this vaccine developed by Sinopharm. 


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

Similar to AstraZeneca and Moderna, Pfizer has also faced production problems in Europe, which could severely hamper the vaccine drive in the EU. Learn more about these supply problems here. Countries in the EU have therefore slowed their vaccination plans. 


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

There have been no new updates on the Sputnik V Vaccine this week. For the latest updates, check out our previous 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

Earlier this week, Novavax announced that their COVID-19 vaccine demonstrates an 89.3% efficacy in UK Phase 3 clinical trials. Their vaccine also demonstrates clinical efficacy against the new UK variant (89.3%) and South Africa variant (just under 50%). For more information, check out Novavax’s latest press release 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

Earlier this week, Johnson & Johnson also released the results of their trial using coronavirus variants – an efficacy of 72% in the United States, 66% in Latin America, and 57% in South Africa. For more information, check out this post by the New York Times 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

There have been no new updates on Bharat Biotech’s vaccine this week. For the latest updates, check out our previous post 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

The Ministry of Innovative Development of Uzbekistan has announced an increase in the number of volunteers participating in the trial of China’s coronavirus vaccine ZF 2001 developed by Zhifei Loncom Biofharmaceutical from 5,000 to 9,000. To learn more, check out this link 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 the EpiVacCorona this week. For the latest updates, check out our previous newsletter 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

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


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

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


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