WHO says Astrazeneca, most advanced in COVID-19 vaccine race

Astrazeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate is probably the world’s leading candidate and most advanced in terms of development, Soumya Swaminathan, World Health Organization’s chief scientist said.

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate was also “not far behind” Astrazeneca’s, among more than 200 candidates, 15 of which have entered clinical trials, she added.

“We are in talks with multiple Chinese manufacturers, including Sinovac, on potential vaccines,” Soumya said.

Soumya, speaking to a news briefing, called for considering collaborating on COVID-19 vaccine trials, similar to the WHO’s ongoing Solidarity trial for drugs.