University Prepares COVID-19 Vaccine Trial in South Africa
The South African Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA-trial developed by Wits University researchers is a first for Africa and one of 268 other candidate vaccines currently being researched and tested round the world. Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology at Wits University and Director of the South Africa Medical Research Council Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit, who leads the trial said: "This is a landmark moment for South Africa and Africa at this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we enter winter in South Africa and pressure increases on public hospitals, now more than ever we need a vaccine to prevent infection by Covid-19."
As of July 13, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 55 African countries have reached 594,954. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 13,245 and recoveries 295,241.
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Professor Shabir-Madhi explains the vaccine trial to a patient.