75.2 F
Mérida
Thursday, October 21, 2021
###

Coronavirus vaccine tested in Yucatan with as many as 2,000 volunteers

Latest headlines

Coronavirus deaths in Yucatán include a 14-year-old boy

While coronavirus deaths in Yucatán have recently declined, victims are at times very young.

New jobs report offers some much needed good news for Yucatán’s economy

Officially at least, the recovery has come earlier than expected. It was announced in October 2020 that the lost jobs would be recovered in roughly two years — but many are skeptical. 

Scientists discover a massive underground cave network in Yucatán

The cave system extends from the Chuy Ha Cenote, in the municipality of Kaua, to the Aktun Kaab dry cave, in Santa Rita — which is roughly 85 kilometers away in a straight line. 

Botánica Alfabeta — Flowers are this photographer’s hidden talent

Weddings took up most of Fabrizio’s time, until the pandemic halted all social events. Then, as most anxious personalities did, he turned back into his hobbies to find purpose and inspiration.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.
China-based CanSino Biologics is testing a coronavirus vaccine in Yucatan, where up to 2,000 volunteers will be selected. Photo: Courtesy

Clinical trials for a possible coronavirus vaccine have begun with up to 2,000 volunteers in Yucatan.

CanSino Biologics had already started testing its coronavirus vaccine candidate in late-stage human trials in Pakistan, Russia, Argentina and Chile, the Chinese pharmaceutical company said.

Yucatan state officials on Monday announced its strategic alliance with the Merida-based research institute Köhler & Milstein.

The head of the Yucatán health ministry, Mauricio Sauri Vivas, said that Yucatan is well suited for the trial because it is home to “the best doctors in the region and a large number of competent researchers.”

Only volunteers 18 or older and without serious chronic diseases are included in the trial. They will be monitored for a year after receiving the vaccine.

CanSino agreed in October to supply 35 million doses of the vaccine to Mexico. Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna have also announced experimental vaccines, according to interim data from large trials.

The candidate Ad5-nCoV, which goes by the trade name Convidecia, uses a harmless common cold virus to carry genetic information of the coronavirus’ protein to elicit immune responses.

Two previous phases of the trial showed a high safety profile and a robust immune response of 90% against the virus.

The news came as Yucatan announced a seventh consecutive day of infections that exceeded 100 patients. Three fatalities and 121 new coronavirus cases were reported late Monday during a health ministry briefing.

Sources: Reuters, SSY

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

Make your projects a reality with a little help from the pros at ACE Hardware

The place with the helpful hardware folks celebrates its first year in Mérida.

Construction at Xcaret’s new theme park near Valladolid shut down

Construction at Xcaret’s Xibalba theme park in Yucatán has been halted after a surprise inspection by Mexico’s federal environmental agency, Profepa.

A new campaign demands junk food ban in Mexican schools

Junk food consumption has increased along with the obesity epidemic, which one of the critical risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Good news for Yucatán’s sea turtles

Sea turtles continue to be endangered in Yucatán, but a new study suggests that their numbers are beginning to recover. 

More remains of the world’s largest shark found in the depths of a cenote in Yucatán

The megalodon, or “big tooth” is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 2.3 to 3.6 million years ago from the early Miocene to the Pliocene periods.

The untamed beauty of Hormiguero and its exotic wilderness

Part of its appeal likely has to do with the fact that it is rarely visited by tourists because of how poor the roads needed to access it are

Casa Alta Blanca: Easy, peaceful beach living

Casa Alta in Telchac Puerta is on the market. Photo: Yucatan Beach & City Properties When John Bradshaw...

COVID cases continue steady decline as vaccines for teens arrive

Yucatán's health ministry reported a steady drop in new cases this week. Daily infections averaged around 208,...

ELLA: Mérida hosts a weeklong international lesbian festival

The grand opening took place at Casa Thó, located in Paseo de Montejo. A special Meet & Greet was held with Diana Deskarados, renowned Youtuber, and Tigre Jimenez, Boxing Champion. 

Cozumel’s cruise industry bounces back in a big way

Quintana Roo has come to depend on a steady stream of cruise-goers, to maintain jobs at businesses including restaurants, excursion operators,...