EU regulator in contact with 38 makers of potential COVID-19 vaccines

EU regulator in contact with 38 makers of potential COVID-19 vaccines

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" st
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken on Apr 10, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Dado Ruvic) 

BRUSSELS: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has been in contact this month with 38 makers of potential COVID-19 vaccines, an official at the EU drugs regulator said on Tuesday (Sep 22). 

"As of early September the EMA has been in contact with developers of 38 potential COVID-19 vaccines," Fergus Sweeney, head of clinical studies and manufacturing task force at EMA, told a hearing in the European Parliament.

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Vaccines must be authorised by EMA before they can be used in the European Union. No COVID-19 vaccine has been authorised in Europe.

The World Health Organisation lists 38 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation, including shots developed in China and Russia. Another 149 candidates are in pre-clinical evaluation.

Sweeney said EU procedures to authorise COVID-19 vaccines will follow established standards. He added that the EU was conducting enhanced monitoring on the safety of potential vaccines under development.

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Source: Reuters

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