Share article:
Share article:

Germany approves clinical trials for Coronavirus vaccine

© Belga

Germany has approved clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, authorities announced on Wednesday.

These will be the first clinical trials for a vaccine against the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Germany and only the “fifth authorised clinical trial worldwide,” said the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines (Paul-Ehrlich-Institut). 

The vaccine was developed by Germany-based company BioNTech and American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer.

Related Articles


The clinical trials will initially be carried out on 200 non-infected volunteers aged between 18 and 55 years, the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut said on its website.

These first trials aim to “determine the general tolerance of the vaccine tested and its ability to provide an immune response against the pathogen,” they said.

There are four vaccine candidates, according to BioNTech, “each representing different mRNA formats and target antigens.” mRNA stands for Messenger Ribonucleic Acid, which is the part of genetic material that transcribes DNA in the making of proteins. Antigens are substances in the body that trigger an immune response. 

There will also be clinical trials in the United States “upon regulatory approval, which is expected shortly,” BioNTech announced.

“We are pleased to have completed pre-clinical studies in Germany and will soon initiate this first-in-human trial ahead of our expectations,” BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin said. “The speed with which we were able to move from the start of the program to trial initiation speaks to the high level of engagement from everyone involved.”

Paul-Ehrlich-Institut “assumes that further clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine candidates will start in Germany in the next few months,” they said.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Angèle releases new single: ‘Bruxelles je t’aime’
Belgian singer Angèle has unveiled her latest song ahead of the release of her new album, due later this year. 'Bruxelles je t'aime' (Brussels I ...
23 million chickens and 1.7 million pigs: Climate experts call for livestock cut
Flander's livestock needs to be drastically cut to save the climate and reach the emission reduction targets, according to the latest advice from the ...
Vaccination uptake surges in Wallonia following CST announcement
The number of people getting vaccinated against the coronavirus increased fourfold in Wallonia after it was announced that the Covid Safe Ticket ...
Guilty by association
BRUSSELS BEHIND THE SCENES Weekly analysis and untold stories With SAM MORGAN Other Brussels behind the scenes stories: Brussels' bid to make ...
Health minister supports use of Covid Safe Ticket in workplace
As the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) has been expanded in Brussels and is set to in Wallonia, federal health minister Frank Vandenbroucke has ...
Maggots show Conings may have lived longer following disappearance
Former army soldier Jürgen Conings, whose disappearance in mid-May resulted in a month-long manhunt, may have been alive for longer than has been ...
Pandora Papers: European Parliament describes UK and US as global hubs for money laundering and tax evasion
The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution taking the European Commission to task for not doing enough to combat money laundering, tax ...
Museum Night Fever returns to Brussels on Saturday night
After a break last year, Museum Night Fever 2021 is back again with free visits to 29 museums hosting performances, music and other events. The ...
More than 100 people hospitalised with coronavirus per day
More than 100 people are being hospitalised per day in Belgium as a result of the coronavirus, as the rise in new Covid-19 infections continues its ...
Digital well-being: being healthy in a hyperconnected world
There was hardly any doubt about the direction that digital innovation was moving in, but whilst the pandemic restricted human contact and slowed ...
Belgian Health Minister wants pharmacists to administer vaccines
Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke has said he wants to change Belgium's law to allow pharmacists to administer Covid-19 vaccines against, ...
Ruined photos from flood victims restored for free
Much of what victims of this summer’s deadly flooding lost is irreplaceable, but when it comes to photographs that were ruined, a Brussels company is ...