The Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, has recognized that “We are going to have to vaccinate many more times” against Covid-19, since the virus “is not going to leave us.”
“We are going to have to vaccinate many more times. I am not talking about a third dose at this stage, I’m talking about next year, the next… Covid-19 is not going to abandon us, there are going to be other phases of vaccination that we are going to have to undergo, not only in Spain, “Morant highlighted in an interview in La Sexta.
The minister has admitted that “there is still a lot of vaccine to be inoculated” worldwide. “The world has very much lower vaccination rates, the aspiration has to be talked about globally”, he pointed out, to which he pointed out that “all the research that accumulates will be good for now and for the future” .
The CSIC vaccine
In this sense, Morant has commented on the stoppage of clinical trials in humans of the vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the team of the Spanish researcher Mariano Esteban, from the National Center for Biotechnology (CSIC), together with Biofabri.
Specifically, as confirmed by sources from the CSIC to Europa Press, the agency is awaiting the report from the Spanish Medicines Agency (AEMPS) that will assess the latest clinical trials carried out with the Spanish vaccine, so they do not know why of the paralysis of the process.
As reported this Saturday by EL ESPAÑOL, this measure has been taken after the drug caused lung injuries to a monkey. However, the CSIC has denied that the paralysis of the process is due to the death of a monkey.
This phase 1 trial, for which around a hundred volunteers were to be recruited, was to be carried out at the Hospital de la Paz in Madrid, which had already started looking for them.
“I have to be very rigorous. What there is right now is the presentation of the preclinical results by the researchers to the AEMPS, which once analyzed all this documentation has to authorize or not that step the next phase. There is no report yet of the AEMPS nor have the investigations of the investigating team been published yet. There has been noise but I cannot speak about the noise or the speculations, “the minister wielded.
In any case, Morant has denied the existence of a “stop” in the investigations of this vaccine. “There has been no stoppage. Nothing has stopped, information is being released that starts with few certainties. There is no statement from the AEMPS,” he said.
“Prudence” with science
The minister recalled, however, that “this is only one of those analyzed by the AEMPS, but there are others.” “Spanish vaccines have shown a very high degree of efficacy in the laboratory, that is why we have deposited many hopes“, has applauded.
Nonetheless, has asked prudence with science: “There are very complex processes. It is not so easy to produce and encapsulate the vaccine so that it arrives easily and is economically competitive. There are many challenges to overcome. The research is like this, only one in three vaccines goes from the preclinical phase to the clinic and, of these, only one in four ends up being a vaccine that goes on the market. These processes, which are always complex, must be understood as something natural in research “.
“No matter how far you go” with the development of this and other vaccines, Morant believes that it will have benefits for Spanish science. “There was no precedent in vaccines for humans in Spain. The training that has been done is already in the Spanish system and is being used for other investigations. Spain did not manufacture masks or respirators or vaccines for humans, and right now four Spanish factories are participating in the production of the vaccine “, has maintained in this regard.
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