Dhaka – A senior health official said China may run the second phase trial of a vaccine on human body to treat the deadly novel coronavirus.
“The Chinese government may run the second phase human trial of a possible coronavirus vaccine in Bangladesh,” Abul Kalam Azad, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services, said in Dhaka on Friday.
The health official was speaking on an online discussion organized by Dhaka-based Health Reporters Forum.
He hoped that Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated country worldwide having more than 115,000 infections so far, may also produce the vaccine following the trial result.
A team of Chinese medical experts recently ended a mission in Bangladesh to see condition on the ground.
He said the virus could earlier infect two persons from one person but the ‘reproduction rate of the virus has reduced in our country, the R rate is now 1.05, which is a very good sign.
A reproduction rate of less than 1 means that an outbreak is subsiding, since each infected person is transmitting the virus to fewer than one other person.
An RO rate above 1 means the virus is spreading exponentially, with each contagious person infecting more than one other person. An RO of more than 1 is also an indication that hospitals and healthcare systems are vulnerable to becoming overwhelmed.
During the fast-spreading initial outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan of China, the reproduction rate was estimated at around 2.5, according to a World Health Organization analysis.
The health official said Bangladesh’s main target is now to reduce the number of infected patients and death rates.
Bangladesh reported the first three cases of novel coronavirus on March 8, and the first death from the virus on March 18.