Singapore Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Begin In Mid-Aug Till Oct 2020
About 250 participants had initially volunteered as tribute, reports The Straits Times (ST) on Saturday (8 Aug).
We breakdown what we know of the virus & its vaccine search so far below.
Lunar-Cov19 vaccine developed locally
- Duke-NUS Medical School
- Arcturus Therapeutics
However, only about 100 people – aged from their 20s to 50s – will partake in the first round, as early as “next week” — aka mid-August.
Vaccine only contains spike protein’s genetic material
But before gawking in awe at their bravery, you’re probably wondering how the vaccine works.
But instead of the entire virus strain, the Lunar-Cov19 vaccine will only contain “fragments of genetic material” — aka the “spike protein”.
This will warrant an immune response within the body that’s hopefully enough to combat the strain — without full exposure to Covid-19.
Covid-19 vaccine trials need senior volunteers
Screening is ongoing for people who have signed up for the trial — expected to end in Oct 2020.
More information on how to place yourself on the database & other clinical trials here.
All the best to the SingHealth team & volunteers
To the brave volunteers who are participating in clinical trials, our nation wishes you the best of luck in your endeavours.
Until then, we continue to anticipate the day that things will resume normalcy once again.
Featured image adapted from Google Maps.