BioNTech, Fosun start Phase II trial of COVID-19 vaccine in China

BioNTech is also working with U.S. pharma giant Pfizer on the vaccine

  
The headquarters of German biotech firm BioNTech is photographed in Mainz, Germany, September 17, 2020.

The headquarters of German biotech firm BioNTech is photographed in Mainz, Germany, September 17, 2020.

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FRANKFURT - BioNTech and Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical said on Wednesday they would launch a Phase II clinical trial of BioNTech's experimental COVID-19 vaccine in China.

The vaccine, known as BNT162b2, will be tested on volunteers at the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention to assess safety and immunogenicity, eyeing future approval in China, the two companies said in a statement.

BioNTech is also working with U.S. pharma giant Pfizer on the vaccine and the partners said last week they were hoping to win approval in the United States and Europe this year after trial results showed the compound had a 95% efficacy rate and caused no serious side effects. 

(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; editing by Thomas Seythal) ((ludwig.burger@thomsonreuters.com; +49 30 220133634; Reuters Messaging: ludwig.burger.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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