The first Spanish vaccine against COVID-19 is now a little closer to become a reality. The Ministry of Health has approved the use of the vaccine of Hipra, a company based in Girona, in patient trials after leaving behind laboratory tests on animals.
The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (Aemps), which reports to the Ministry of Health, has authorized the clinical trial of the company’s PHH-1V vaccine, according to a press release from the Aemps.
In total, the administration has earmarked $22.3 million (€19 million) with the aim of collaborating with Spanish science in the creation of the new Covid-19 vaccines, according to the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.
Hipra plans to produce 400 million doses during 2022 and to reach 1.2 billion in 2023. The doses will be kept between two and eight degrees Celsius, a fact that could facilitate logistics and distribution.
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Before being authorized, the vaccine will have to pass stage I/II, where its safety will have to be demonstrated
The company is also carrying out another line of research in collaboration with the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona with the aim of developing a vaccine against Covid-19 based on the mRNA of the virus.
Before being authorized, the vaccine will have to pass stage I/II, where its safety will have to be demonstrated. Phase III will then be carried out with thousands of volunteers to demonstrate efficacy before the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can give its approval.
Once this point has been reached, the company will have to convince the various governments or corresponding bodies to buy its vaccine. The Ministry of Health has clarified that it will be necessary to wait for the data from the different trials in order to be able to analyze all the data and draw conclusions.
Hipra was founded in 1954 and ranks sixth in the world ranking of animal health vaccines, according to data provided by the company. In the last decade, it has launched 22 veterinary vaccines. The company had a turnover of 319 million euros in 2020, which translates into an increase of 15.2% over the previous year. Hipra has two factories, one in Amer (Girona) and another in Brazil. In total, the company has 2,000 employees.
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