Back in April, the 9 to 5 hitmaker announced she was donating $1 million to help medical experts at Nashville's private research school Vanderbilt University find a cure for COVID-19, and it has now been revealed they collaborated with officials at US pharmaceuticals firm Moderna, who announced their promising new vaccine on Monday.
The study appears nearly simultaneously with the findings of two other vaccines, Pfizer-BioNtech (United States-Germany) and Moderna (United States), which have reported efficiency levels of 90 and 95 per cent respectively in phase 3 trials.
Covas said 10,000 volunteers have already received about 19,000 shots of the two-dose vaccine, and another 2,000 people have still to be included in the trials, conducted at 16 centers linked to Brazilian universities.More news: Spain's Satellite Sent to Space Disappeared After Launch
"We're doing everything we can, first to make sure that we are getting a good supply of vaccines as they're available, but also we're in a position to be able to distribute them".
He said Butantan expects to have 46 million doses ready in January pending approval of the vaccine by Brazil's health regulator Anvisa. Now, researchers have released preliminary results that show the vaccine produces an immune response, although it's too early to say whether it can prevent disease. Phase III results must be published to provide a more conclusive picture, said Naor Bar-Zeev, a professor from Johns Hopkins University who was not involved in the study, said.
CoronaVac is one of the 48 vaccine candidates for Covid-19 that are now in clinical trials. The other two are developed by institutes linked to Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm. Although the federal government then pumped another $1 billion into the creation of the vaccine, leading researcher Dr Mark Denison stressed it was Ms Parton's investment that funded the "critical" early stages of his team's work.More news: Binghamton University Goes Remote Earlier Than Planned After Reaching 100-Case Threshold
Yep, the "Jolene" hitmaker, 74, is being credited for "curing coronavirus" by fans after it emerged that she has donated $1million (£800,000) to the researchers behind the Moderna vaccine - which is so far showing the most promising results globally.
By contrast, Pfizer's vaccine must be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius, but it can be kept in a normal fridge for up to five days. Moderna's vaccine is expected to be stable at normal fridge temperatures for 30 days but for storage of up to six months, it needs to be kept at minus 20 deg C.
Separately, Pfizer's chief executive Albert Bourla said on Tuesday that the firm plans to submit its vaccine data to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorisation.More news: Group rallies at Camas district headquarters for in-person school