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UPDATE 1-Brazil's Butantan to seek trials of COVID-19 vaccine Butanvac, Sao Paulo governor says

Fri 26th March, 2021 12:04pm
(Updates with governor, Butantan quotes)
    By Eduardo Simões
    SAO PAULO, March 26 (Reuters) - Brazil's Butantan biomedical
institute has developed a potential COVID-19 vaccine and later
today will ask for regulatory approval to begin human trials,
Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria told journalists on Friday.
    Butantan expects to start production in May to produced this
vaccine on a large scale. Mass vaccination would start in July.
    Butantan plans to test the vaccine on 1,800 volunteers over
two phases, two sources told Reuters earlier.
    The vaccine will be 100% developed in Brazil by an
international consortium. Vietnam and Thailand are part of the
    Butantan already produces the Coronavac vaccine developed by
China's Sinovac and has delivered 27.8 million doses to the
Brazilian government.
    Doria said the new vaccine will not interfere in Butantan's
agreement with Sinovac and will be produced in a different

 (Reporting by Eduardo Simoes, writing by Carolina Mandl)
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