Vaccine development pushes ahead
The Health Ministry reported 611 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 600 the day before.
The ministry also reported a surge in deaths to 59 yesterday, up from 42 on Friday and 36 on Saturday, bringing the country’s total death toll to 9,994. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 173,813 confirmed cases of covid-19.
Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine to be tested on children for the first time: Oxford University announced on Saturday its plans to start trials of its covid-19 vaccine developed with AstraZeneca on children. Researchers will assess whether the jab produces a strong immune response in children aged between six and 17, enrolling 300 UK volunteers who will most likely get their first shots this month.
Two covid-19 vaccines developed by French pharma company Sanofi could be available by the end of the year, the company’s VP told Bloomberg. The Sanofi vaccine currently being developed in association with GlaxoSmithKline will enter phase 2 trials later this month, while another mRNA vaccine being developed with US manufacturer Translate Bio will enter early stage trials in March.
Lebanon has started rolling out its first vaccinations, targeting healthcare workers and the elderly after receiving a shipment of 28.5k doses, the Associated Press says.