South Africa will today, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 begin human trials of a vaccine against COVID-19.
The vaccine, developed by the Oxford University in the United kingdom will be tested on some 2,000 people, aged 18-35, state broadcaster, SABC has reported.
A group of 50 people are expected to have the drug administered to them on Wednesday by personnel from the Medical Research Council and Wits University.
According to the BBC, South Africa has been chosen for this trial not just for its expertise in this field, but because Covid-19 is now spreading fast here. The country leads COVID-19 infections in Africa with some 101,590 cases as of Tuesday, June 23, 2020.