On Aug. 10, in relation to the approval of the Phase 3 clinical trial plan from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, President Moon Jae-in expressed high expectations for the original development of the COVID-19 vaccine (GBP510) being developed by SK Bioscience.
According to a briefing by Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Park Kyung-mee, President Moon said after hearing the news on the same day, “I highly anticipate for the first Korean vaccine to be produced and commercialized. The government will provide all-round support so that the clinical trials can be carried out quickly and sufficiently in Korea.”
Earlier, Minister of Food and Drug Safety Kim Gang-lip said in a briefing on the morning of the same day, “After thoroughly verifying the safety and scientific feasibility of the Phase 3 clinical trial plan for GBP510, we have approved the Phase 3 clinical trial plan for the first COVID-19 vaccine developed in Korea.”
With this, GBP510 is the first among the COVID-19 vaccines being developed by Korean companies to begin Phase 3 clinical trial. The government expects that if the final safety and effectiveness are confirmed, it will be available for release in the first half of next year.
Earlier, at the “K-Global Vaccine Hub Vision and Strategy Briefing Convention” hosted by Cheong Wa Dae on August 5, President Moon said, “The COVID-19 vaccine developed by a Korean company is scheduled to enter Phase 3 clinical trials within this month, and we are expecting to see the first Korean vaccine to be commercialized by the first half of next year.”
In addition, regarding vaccine development, he added, “Sometimes it takes longer than expected or research may be delayed. Please discuss it with the Global Vaccine Hub Promotion Committee so that the government can provide support until the end and the company is not reprimanded even if it fails.”
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