A second COVID-19 vaccine started Food and Drug Administration (FDA)- supported clinical human testing on April 6. The vaccine, brought by INOVIO Pharmaceuticals, was accepted for testing by human volunteers.

A statement from INOVIO President and CEO Dr. J. Joseph Kim said, “This is a significant step forward in the global fight against COVID-19. Without a new safe and effective vaccine, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to continue to threaten lives and livelihoods. It also demonstrates the power of our DNA medicines platform to rapidly develop and advance a vaccine for COVID-19 into Phase 1 clinical testing. Our dedicated team of staff, partners and funders have been mobilized since the genetic sequence of the virus became available in early January and continues to work around the clock to ensure that we are rapidly advancing INO-4800 through this Phase 1 study towards planned efficacy trials.”

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Volunteers from Philadelphia, PA and Kansas City, MO will be selected into a group of 40 healthy volunteers that will receive two doses of the vaccine two weeks apart, with data expected by the end of the summer. Additional trials will be conducted concurrently with human tests.

INOVIO received funding for the vaccine from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to Tech Crunch, as well as other non-profits as well as private organizations. Experts still expect a vaccine completion date of 12-18 months, but note the swift speed at which human trials have already started.

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