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SK Bioscience's COVID-19 vaccine candidate inches closer to launch after experts' approval recommendation

This photo provided by SK Bioscience Co. shows GBP510, South Korea's first COVID-19 vaccine candidate also known as SKYCovione. (SK Bioscience Co.)
This photo provided by SK Bioscience Co. shows GBP510, South Korea's first COVID-19 vaccine candidate also known as SKYCovione. (SK Bioscience Co.)

South Korea's first COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by SK Bioscience Co., has received an approval recommendation from a government advisory group of pharmaceutical experts, officials said Monday, pushing the vaccine candidate one step closer to commercial launch.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said GBP510, the vaccine candidate developed by SK Bioscience, was recommended during a meeting of the ministry's Central Pharmaceutical Review Committee on Sunday as being ready for "item approval" in terms of its safety and efficacy.

GBP510, also known as SKYCovione, is the country's first homegrown vaccine candidate to have successfully completed all three phases of its clinical trial.

The vaccine candidate is a recombinant-protein vaccine based on novel two-component nanoparticles that can maximize the immune effect. It was jointly developed with the University of Washington Antigen Design Research Institute.

The government has reached a deal to buy 10 million doses of SK Bioscience's vaccine. (Yonhap)

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