From Oxford to an Italian lab, one race for coronavirus vaccine is gaining backers
The company’s job was to turn a few droplets into an amount large enough for 13,000 people — a sufficient quantity to perform large-scale trials unfolding on several continents.
“We could really feel the pressure,” said Francesco Calvaruso, the production manager of Advent, which needed two months to grow, filter and purify a trial vaccine known as AZD1222.
That vaccine, like all the others designed to combat the pandemic, remains unproved. But it is further along in the trial process than the others, and it has turned into the West’s best — and perhaps only — chance to have a viable vaccine before the end of the year.
Oxford manufactured its own vaccine for use in the earliest small trial known as Phase 1. But for the far larger ongoing trials — involving tens of thousands of people — it turned to Advent, a division of a larger group known as IRBM, which for a decade has focused on making one particular type of experimental vaccines, using adenoviruses.
[Source: Washington Post]