Covid-19 roundup: Inovio gets FDA greenlight to enter human trials; Trump pushes untested malaria drugs again
Inovio, one of the clutch of companies working on a Covid-19 vaccine, has been cleared by the FDA to kick off in-human studies of its experimental vaccine candidate. The Pennsylvania company secured funding from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support its effort.
The trial testing the DNA vaccine, INO-4800, in up to 40 healthy volunteers is set to begin this week, and the first dose is planned to be administered today. Each participant will receive two doses of INO-4800 a month apart, and the initial immune responses and safety data from the study are expected by late summer, the company said. Shares of Inovio — which in four decades of existence has not successfully developed a product — $INO jumped about 11% to $8.60 in premarket trading.
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