Drug Ministry Approves Clinical Trials of Coronavirus Vaccine, Treatment - (The Korea Bizwire via NewsPoints Desk)

  • South Korea's drug safety agency has approved clinical trials of vaccine and treatment candidates currently under development by two local drug manufacturers, reported The Korea Bizwire.

  • The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety gave the green light to conduct a Phase I trial of a vaccine candidate NBP 2001 by SK Bioscience.

  • The company said it will administer the investigative therapy to healthy adults to evaluate its safety and efficacy at two different testing sites.

  • The drug ministry also approved a Phase II trial using new drug candidate DW2008 by pharmaceutical firm DongWha Pharm to treat COVID-19.

  • The candidate will be administered to adult COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms to evaluate safety and efficacy, the company said.

  • In preclinical studies, DW2008 demonstrated that it improves lung function and also had higher antiviral activity compared to remdesivir and Kaletra, according to DongWha Pharm.

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