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COVID-19 - Breaking News [OFFICIAL THREAD]


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COVID-19 vaccine candidate results to be released in June


AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Professor Ugur Sahin gave a speech on "Developing COVID-19 mRNA vaccines" during the 7th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) on May 28, 2020.

The 2019 Mustafa((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) Prize laureate, immunologist Ugur Sahin, talked about an mRNA-based vaccine that he and his research team have developed which was recently tested on human beings, MSTF Media reports.

"We are facing a pandemic the only solution to which is a vaccine. This pandemic will challenge us for the next two years "

Explaining the concept of mRNA vaccines, he said that "they deliver mRNA-encoded genetic information of the vaccine antigen to the cells in the body of the subject. It is particularly used in pandemics."

According to Sahin, the clinical trial protocol in Germany started April 23rd, 2020, with a target population of 200 healthy subjects aged 18 to 55.

He also announced that the first results of this study are expected by end of June/early July.

"We have started to increase our manufacturing. I'm confident this can be accomplished in the next three months and be distributed in large dose. Dependingon the dose of the vaccine, we can serve larger populations of people," Sahin remarked.

He said: “we are trying to find a solution to allow free access of this vaccine to all with the cooperation of WHO.”


Healthcare officials open "7th Science and Technology Exchange Program"


"We are putting together some of the best minds in the Islamic world to confront the challenges brought about by Coronavirus," he stated.

"In 2018 we launched a foundation to showcase the great technologies developed by scientists in Islamic countries and we really look forward to promote more STEP engagement in Islamic countries," he added.

He then commended the SETP event, stating "I look forward to success of this program and I hope this is a tool for all the countries of the world for a better future without this pandemic."


Twitter puts to fact-checking chinese tweet about virus origins in US


AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The social media platform posted a blue exclamation mark under the tweet — posted by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian — with a comment calling on its readers to check the facts about the spread of the contagious disease.

Twitter also fact-checked Trump for the first time on Tuesday over his claims about mail-in ballots, under what it says was an extension of a “misleading information policy.”




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