Germany to start first clinical tests on coronavirus vaccine.

Germany has authorised its first clinical test of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the country’s regulatory body said Wednesday.

“The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI)… has authorised the first clinical trial of a vaccine against Covd-19 in Germany,” the regulatory body said in a statement.

It added that approval was the “result of a careful assessment of the potential risk/benefit profile of the vaccine candidate.”

The move gives the green light for testing to be carried out on human volunteers for an RNA vaccine developed by Mainz-based firm Biontech.

The biotech firm is working with the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer for the development of the vaccine.

The trials will see “200 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 55 years” vaccinated with variants of the RNA vaccine, while the second phase could see the inclusion of volunteers who belonged to high-risk groups, said Biontech. Read more here: