Pakistani student joins Bishkek’s virus combat


DM Monitoring

Bishkek: A Pakistani physician living in Bishkek will now work in one of the day care facilities in Kyrgyzstan, the press service of the Bishkek Mayor’s Office reported. Abbas Said, a student of medical university previously stated that he was ready to help Kyrgyz doctors in the fight against coronavirus.
Today he started to work in the day hospital of secondary school No. 95 in Bishkek, the report said.
Meanwhile, A Massachusetts-based biotech company has been testing a possible vaccine against the novel coronavirus which is showing early signs of success.
Moderna Therapeutics announced an estimated start date for phase 3 trials, its final phase of testing. The trial involved 45 volunteers aged 18 to 55 who received one of three dosage levels of the vaccine, which was given in two injections about a month apart. Researchers measured virus-recognizing antibodies in all participants and detected levels similar to or higher than those found in the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19. It is not clear how long the immune response will protect against COVID-19, but volunteers will be monitored for a year to find out. Some participants experienced mild side effects such as fatigue, chills, headache and weakness.
Moderna’s vaccine, which is being co-developed with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), began safety testing in humans in March. Phase 3 tests will begin on July 27 and will involve 30,000 people, according to a May 18 press release.
Half of the participants will be a control group who will receive placebos. This large clinical trial is expected to be completed by late October. More than 100 vaccines worldwide are being studied for use against COVID-19, and at least eight of these have already progressed to human studies.