Africa consortium to fast track Covid-19 trials
The African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a consortium to fast-track Covid-19 clinical trials on the continent. The consortium aims to “secure more than 10 late stage vaccine clinical trials as early as possible”. The Africa CDC says the endeavour will bring together global funders, the private sector, and, to facilitate the trials, a variety of African organisations. The consortium is jointly chaired by Salim Abdool Karim, the head of South Africa’s Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, Samba Sow from Mali’s Centre for Vaccine Development, and John Nkengasong, the director of the Africa CDC. The consortium aims to build partnerships, identify potential clinical trial hosts, and set up a clinical trial review board. “Success in developing and providing access to a safe vaccine requires an innovative and collaborative approach, with significant local manufacturing in Africa. […] We need to act with urgency,” said Cyril Ramaphosa, South African president and AU chair, in a statement.
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