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Inovio Pharmaceuticals to begin a global late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial

The drug developer recently reported promising results from a mid-stage trial of the vaccine candidate, INO-4800

American biotechnology company Inovio Pharmaceuticals plans to begin a global late-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate this summer, the company said, a month after the US government pulled the funding for further studies of the drug.

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The drug developer recently reported promising results from a mid-stage trial of the vaccine candidate, INO-4800.

The company started developing INO-4800 last year but fell behind rivals after the US Food and Drug Administration put a portion of the study on hold for more information on the vaccine delivery device.

Inovio said the clinical hold would not have an impact on the global study, adding it remained on track to submit all documents to the agency to lift the hold.

The company is now focusing on countries where fewer emergency vaccines are available and are grappling with a significant number of cases.

On a post-earnings call, company executives pointed to the huge unmet demand, saying only 5 per cent of the global population received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Inovio is working with funders and partners to launch the global trial and is confident with the progress that will allow it to expedite the study.

Inovio reported a bigger first-quarter loss of $54.4 million due to higher costs.

Reuters

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