SA closes in on COVID-19 vaccine trial results

SA closes in on COVID-19 vaccine trial results

We'll probably know the results of South Africa's first COVID-19 vaccine trial in just a few months.

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Researchers at Wits University are leading the trial here at home of a vaccine developed by Oxford University.

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Wits University's Professor Shabir Madhi who's leading the trial - says they had initially expected to find out next year whether it works or not.

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He says it appears they'll know sooner, because of the current high rate of transmission in South Africa.

"We would be able to determine whether or not the vaccine works when we’ve got about 42 cases of COVID-19 that have occurred in participants, and we anticipate that will likely occur as soon as November or December of this year. Previously, we’d projected it might occur in June of next year," says Madhi. 

Mahdi says volunteers for the trial are aged between 18 and 65 and don't have any serious medical conditions.

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