First volunteers to receive potential coronavirus vaccine ‘are in good health’ as they complete two weeks of medical observation in China

  • China launched the first clinical trials for the coronavirus vaccine on March 17
  • More than 100 healthy adults, aged between 18 to 60, volunteered for the tests
  • A total of 18 participants returned home this week after maintaining good health
  • Researchers plan to expand the trials overseas if the results prove successful 

The first group of Chinese volunteers who received potential coronavirus vaccinations are said to be healthy after finishing 14 days of quarantine.

Fourteen people returned home yesterday after participating in the first clinical trial for the vaccine candidate in Wuhan. A total of 18 out of the 108 participants have completed their medical observation as of Thursday.

The research team will monitor all the volunteers for another six months and take their blood samples to examine the antibodies.

Scientists have said that they plan to conduct additional trials overseas if the vaccine is proved to be effective and safe.

The first group of Chinese volunteers who received potential coronavirus vaccinations have claimed to maintain good health after finishing two-week quarantine for observation

On March 17, China launched the clinical trials for its first potential coronavirus vaccine, which is developed by Chen Wei, the country’s top military bio-warfare expert, and her team.

A total of 108 healthy adults, aged between 18 and 60, volunteered to receive the vaccinations. They were divided into three groups which were injected with different amounts of the vaccine, Chinese media report.

The candidates have been isolated at the Wuhan Special Service Health Centre to monitor their condition. They will finish the medical observation on different days depending on when they were injected, according to the press.


A total of 108 healthy adults, aged between 18 and 60, volunteered to receive the vaccinations. They were divided into three groups which were injected with different amounts of the vaccine, Chinese media report

The candidates have been isolated at the Wuhan Special Service Health Centre to monitor their condition. They will finish the medical observation on different days depending on when they were injected, according to the press

‘My health has been absolutely fine during this period. I don’t feel sick or painful anywhere,’ a participant told Pear Video as he was leaving the facility yesterday.

‘There was a slight pain in where I was injected for the initial few days.

‘I feel very confident about the vaccine,’ he added. ‘I believe it will be introduced to the public very soon.’ 

Another volunteer told the press that she has returned to her daily life after ‘everything feels normal.’

‘It felt nothing different from receiving a regular injection, like being bitten by a mosquito,’ said Jin Guanping to Southern Metropolis daily.

The researchers said they will extend the vaccine tests internationally if the first trial proceeded smoothly. The picture shows one of the volunteers receiving the injection

The Recombinant Novel Coronavirus Vaccine was successfully developed following more than a month of research. Chen Wei (right), is pictured with two medical researchers in Wuhan

The researchers said they would extend the vaccine tests internationally if the first trial proceeded smoothly.

‘If the initial results prove the vaccine is safe and produces [desired] effects, we will continue to test its effectiveness overseas through international cooperation if the global epidemic continues to spread,’ Chen Wei told the press.

The results of the clinical trial will be published in April, according to China Daily.

The Recombinant Novel Coronavirus Vaccine was successfully developed following more than a month of research, including the study of the vaccines for Ebola.

Chen, also a leading specialist in genetic engineering vaccines in China, developed a medical spray during the SARS outbreak in 2003. The product prevented around 14,000 medical workers from contracting the virus, said another state-media report.

She is also known in the country as the ‘terminator of Ebola’ for leading a team to create a vaccine against the fatal illness.

Speaking of fighting the novel coronavirus, Chen said: ‘The epidemic is like a military situation. The epicentre equals to the battlefield.’

The 54-year-old expert, also a Major General of the People’s Army, has been working on the coronavirus vaccine since arriving in Wuhan on January 26, according to the press.

Chen and her team were already developing a quicker way to screen the COVID-19 coronavirus from a tent in the epicentre on January 30, according to an official report from China.

The news comes as another new COVID-19 vaccine that fires proteins in the body that destroy the virus within two weeks is just a few months from human trials.

The ‘highly scalable’ vaccine is the first peer-reviewed antidote to the coronavirus that currently has much of the world in lockdown or isolation.

Pharmacist Michael Witte, left, gives Rebecca Sirull, right, a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for the coronavirus at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh say the new treatment would be delivered through a ‘painless jab’ similar to the annual flu vaccine.

The team from the US have tested the vaccine on mice and estimate that it should be able to neutralise the deadly virus for at least a year.

It will be between 12 and 18 months before the test is publicly available but when it is approved tens of thousands of doses could be produced every day.

The researchers are now applying for approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and aim to start the first human trial and hope to be able to begin those trials within months.

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