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Inovio's potential COVID-19 vaccine trial on partial clinical hold

Inovio's potential COVID-19 vaccine trial on partial clinical hold

FILE PHOTO: A small bottle labelled with a "Vaccine" sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed "Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

PENNSYLVANIA: Inovio Pharmaceuticals said on Monday (Sep 28) a planned mid-to-late-stage trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine candidate was put on partial clinical hold by the US Food and Drug Administration, which sought additional information.

The US drug developer said it was working to address the agency's queries by October, including on the vaccine delivery device, after which the US agency would have 30 days to decide whether the trial should proceed.

The company said the pause was not due to any side effects in its early-stage study of the vaccine, which is continuing.

Shares of the company were halted after the news.

The company in June had reported encouraging results from an early-stage human trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine, INO-4800.

Inovio's development timeline is already lagging behind those of rivals such as Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, all of which have begun late-stage studies of their coronavirus vaccine candidates.

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Source: Reuters/kv

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