Kenya joins global trial of Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine - (National Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Kenya has joined the global clinical trial of Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, as reported National Post on Friday.

  • The vaccine has been developed jointly with AstraZeneca and is also being evaluated in Britain, South Africa and Brazil.

  •  "To ensure that Kenyans can benefit… if it proves to be successful, it is important to assess its performance among Kenyan volunteers," said the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

  • KEMRI added that it has already vaccinated the first volunteers after receiving the required regulatory and ethical approvals.

  • The study in Kenya will initially involve 40 frontline workers and an additional 360 volunteers will also be recruited if initial phase ascertains the vaccine's safety.

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