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An interventional study to evaluate the safety and immune response of a vaccine against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection) when given to healthy adult participants.

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Trial Information

Broad Health Condition Infection

Specific Health ConditionOther infectious diseases

Trial FocusPrevention

Recruitment Details

Recruitment status

Recruitment State

Q-Pharm Pty - Clive Berghofer Research Centre (CBCRC) - Herston

4007 - Herston

Anticipated date of first participant enrolment14/07/2020

Phase of TrialPhase 1

Has the study received ethics approval?Further information iconApproved

Trial summary

This study is being conducted to look at the safety and immune response (how the immune system of the human body reacts) to a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus responsible for COVID-19 infection) when administered as an intramuscular injection (an injection directly into the muscle) to the upper arm of healthy participants, on two occasions at least 28 days apart.


Key inclusion criteria

1. Healthy male or non-pregnant female, greater than or equal to 18 and less than or equal to 55 years of age, with BMI greater than 18 and less than 34.0 kg/metres sqaured and body weight greater than or equal to 50.0 kg for males and greater than or equal to 45.0 kg for females. 
2. Healthy as defined by:
a.The absence of clinically significant illness and surgery within 28 days prior to dosing. Subjects displaying signs or symptoms of an acute and/or febrile illness within 24 hours pre-dose (with at least 3 symptom-free pre-dose days required) will be carefully evaluated for upcoming illness/disease. Inclusion is at the discretion of the Investigator, and the subject may have their scheduled dosing postponed until the condition resolves.
b.The absence of clinically significant history of neurological, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, haematological, immunological, psychiatric, gastrointestinal, renal, hepatic, and metabolic disease.
3.Non-smokers or social smokers (defined as the equivalent of fewer than 10 cigarettes per week). Ex-heavy smokers (heavy smoking defined as the equivalent of 25 or more cigarettes per day) may be admitted if they have quit, or reduced their cigarette intake to the defined level of social smoking, for a period of at least 1 year.
4.Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) or men whose sexual partners are WOCBP must be able and willing to use at least 2 highly effective methods of contraception commencing at least 28 days prior to enrolment, during the study and for 3 months after last treatment administration. A female subject is considered to be a WOCBP following menarche and until she is in a post-menopausal state for 12 consecutive months (without an alternative medical cause) or otherwise permanently sterile (for which acceptable methods include hysterectomy, bilateral salpingectomy, and bilateral oophorectomy). A follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) test may be used to confirm postmenopausal state. Examples of acceptable methods of contraceptive methods (for female subjects) to be used throughout the study include:
a. Simultaneous use of hormonal contraceptives, started at least 28 days prior to first study treatment (active or placebo) administration and must agree to use the same hormonal contraceptive throughout the study, and condom for the male partner;
b. Simultaneous use of intra-uterine contraceptive device, placed at least 28 days prior to first study treatment administration, and condom for the male partner;
c. Simultaneous use of diaphragm or cervical cap and male condom for the male partner, started at least 28 days prior to first study treatment administration;
d. Sterile male partner (vasectomized since at least 6 months prior to first study treatment administration);
e. True abstinence, defined as no sexual intercourse (heterosexual couples), for at least 28 days prior to first study treatment administration and for at least the duration of the study. Periodic abstinence and withdrawal are not acceptable methods.
5. WOCBP must have a negative urine pregnancy test (and negative serum pregnancy test in the event of a positive urine test) prior to receiving each dose.
6. Male subjects (including men who have had a vasectomy) with a pregnant partner, a female partner not of childbearing potential, or a same sex partner, must agree to use a condom from the first study treatment administration until at least 90 days after the last study treatment administration.
7. Male subjects must be willing not to donate sperm until 90 days following the last study treatment administration.
8. Must be able to attend all visits for the duration of the study and to comply with all study procedures according to the study schedule.
9. Capable of, and have given, written consent.

Minimum age18 Years

Maximum age55 Years

GenderBoth males and females

Can Healthy volunteers participate? Yes

Key exclusion criteria

1. Any clinically significant abnormality or vital sign abnormality at physical examination, including baseline high blood pressure (140/90), after 3 repeated measurements and high random blood sugar(non fasting), clinically significant abnormal laboratory test results or positive test for HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C found during medical screening.
2. Any acute or chronic ongoing illness which, in the judgement of the investigator, may preclude the subject’s participation.
3. Any subject that has an active COVID-19 infection (positive COVID-19 test: nasal/oropharyngeal swab and/or positive serum antibody response) at screening, and Day 1, has been in close contact with someone who has an active COVID-19 infection, or has recovered from a previous COVID-19, SARS-CoV1 or MERS infection.
4. Positive pregnancy, urine drug screen, or alcohol breath test at screening.
5. Known history of allergic reactions or hypersensitivity to vaccines, or to any excipient in the formulation (including the adjuvant).
6. Presence of a known, or suspected, impairment of the immune system including, but not limited to, HIV, autoimmune disorders, immunosuppressant therapy, and diabetes mellitus.
7. History of a known, or suspected, respiratory system disorder including, but not limited to, cystic fibrosis, reactive airway disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or asthma.
8. History of significant alcohol abuse within 1 year prior to screening or regular use of alcohol within 6 months prior to the screening visit.
9. Positive test for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] products, amphetamine, methamphetamine, methadone, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, opiates, methylenedioxymethamphetamine [MDMA], or phencyclidine [PCP]) at screening, prior to dosing, or a history of drug abuse within 1 year prior to screening.
10. Participation in a clinical research study involving the administration of an investigational, or marketed, drug or device within 30 days prior to receiving the first treatment administration, or administration of a biological product in the context of a clinical research study within 90 days prior to the first dosing, or concomitant participation in an investigational study involving no drug, vaccine, or device administration, or intent to participate in another clinical study at any time during the conduct of the study.
11. Use of medications for the timeframes specified below, with the exception of hormonal contraceptives and medications exempted by the Investigator on a case-by-case basis because they are judged to interfere with subject safety (e.g., topical drug products without significant systemic absorption are permissible): 
a. Prescription medication within 14 days prior to the first dosing;
b. Any medication, or treatments, that may affect the immune system such as allergy injections, immunoglobulin, interferon, immunomodulators, cytotoxic drugs, or other drugs known to be frequently associated with signficant major organ toxicity with 90 days prior to enrolment;
c. Any registered vaccine administered within 30 days prior to enrolment in the study, or who plan to receive any non-study vaccines within 28 days of the second dose of the study vaccine
d. Any other investigational coronoavirus vaccine i.e. SARSCoV-1, SARSCoV-2, MERS etc. at any time prior to, or during, the study. 
e. Over-the-counter products within 7 days prior to the first dosing, with the exception of the occasional use of paracetamol (up to 2 g daily) and standard dose vitamins.
12. Donation of plasma within 7 days prior to dosing. Donation or loss of blood (excluding volume drawn at screening) of 50 mL to 499 mL of blood within 30 days, or more than 499 mL within 56 days prior to the first dosing.
13. Receipt of blood products within 2 months prior to the first study treatment administration (Day 1), or planned receipt of blood products during the study period.
14. Breast-feeding subject, or subject who plans to breastfeed from the time of first dose through 60 days after last study treatment administration.
15. Presence of tattoos, scarring, skin discoloration, or any other skin disturbances at the injection site which, in the opinion of the Investigator, may inhibit the ability to effectively perform an injection site assessment.
16. Employee or immediate relative of an employee of the clinical site, any of its affiliates or partners, or Syneos Health.
17. Any reason which, in the opinion of the Investigator, would interfere with the primary study objectives or prevent the subject from participating in the study.
Contact details and further information

Sponsor Primary Sponsor Type: University
Primary Sponsor Name: University of Queensland
Primary Sponsor Address: School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences Building 68, St Lucia QLD 4072
Primary Sponsor Country: Australia

Trial IDACTRN12620000674932

Contact person for information and recruitmentDr
Paul Griffin
Q-Pharm Pty. Ltd., Level 5, Clive Berghofer Cancer Research Centre (CBCRC), 300C Herston Road, Herston QLD
+61 402077302

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