Health

Covid-19 vaccine: New Zealand company begins trial of combination flu vaccine

Covid-19 vaccine: New Zealand company begins trial of combination flu vaccine

Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!

There are 1,600 people undergoing the trial in Australia and New Zealand. Photo / AP

A Wellington medical company is testing a combination flu and Covid-19 vaccine.

P3 Research managing director Richard Stubbs believes the combination vaccine will reduce the burden on health services.

Stubbs said Morning report the goal was to make things as convenient as possible – for both healthcare professionals and patients.

“It’s a long process, there is a gradual attainment of knowledge with all new treatment programs.

“We know flu vaccines are effective, we know Covid vaccines are effective, and we know they can probably be given together, but we don’t know the optimal doses.”

A total of 21,685 new Covid cases and 53 deaths have been reported in the past week.
A total of 21,685 new Covid cases and 53 deaths have been reported in the past week.

The trial was conducted at nine different sites in New Zealand plus various sites in Australia and will involve 1,600 people in the two countries, both of which have very good reputations for clinical trials, Stubbs said.

People participating in the trial will be screened five times and go through a lengthy process that includes health checks, he said.

“It’s a well-regulated process, there’s a lot designed to see that people know what’s being asked of them and that they can be reassured by some or all of the safety aspects of the trial, so it’s not a quick process.”

Stubbs expected that the flu and Covid vaccines would be given together within the next year or two.

– RNZ


#Covid19 #vaccine #Zealand #company #begins #trial #combination #flu #vaccine

Related Articles

Back to top button