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Health Ministry to start clinical trial of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, Cholera

2021 Sep 03, 17:46, Kathmandu
This image shows the building of the Ministry of Health and population in Kathmandu, in May 2017. Photo courtesy: Saif Ur Rab

The Ministry of Health and Population is to start a clinical trial of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and Cholera. Nepal Health Research Council is set to initiate the clinical trial of mRNA and cholera vaccines against the two diseases.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers, on August 26, decided to give permission for the clinical trial of vaccines against these diseases.

Executive Director at the Council, Dr Pradeep Gyawali said the trial of both vaccines would be started in two weeks.

According to him, the clinical trial of the mRNA vaccine would be conducted at the Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) and that of cholera vaccine at Dhulikhel Hospital, Kanti Children's Hospital, and Nepalgunj medical College Nepalgunj as well as BPKIHS, in collaboration with Deurali Janata Pharmaceuticals.

The third phase of a clinical trial is being started in Nepal after the successful trial of the mRNA first and the second phase by the vaccine-producing company.

Dr Gyawali shared that the mRNA vaccine against coronavirus infection produced by the Wallvacs Company of China is to be trialed in Nepal.

It is said the Company will carry out the trial on 31 thousand people in Nepal. Accordingly, the third clinical trial would be conducted in BPKIHS, Dharan.


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