EMA human medicines committee (#CHMP) has started a rolling review of #COVID19vaccine (Vero Cell) Inactivated, developed by Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.
Europe’s drug regulatory authority said on Tuesday that it has begun reviewing China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, a process that could lead to eventual approval for its use in the continent.
Made by Sinovac’s Beijing-based Life Sciences unit, the vaccine by the Chinese biotech firm is the second shot developed outside the West after Russia’s Sputnik V to be considered for European use by the European Medicines Agency.
The EMA’s human medicines committee’s “decision to start the rolling review is based on preliminary results from laboratory studies (non-clinical data) and clinical studies,” the Amsterdam-based agency said.
These studies suggest that the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies that target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and may help protect against the disease,” it said in a statement.
The Sinovac vaccine contains an inactivated form of coronavirus that cannot cause the disease. It also has a substance that helps strengthen the immune response to the vaccine.
When given the shot, the immune system identifies the inactivated virus as foreign and them makes antibodies against it, which will also recognise the active virus and defend the body against it, the EMA said.
The EMA will now continue the review until there is enough information for the company to make a formal application for it to be released to the market.