South African scientists will be monitoring developments in Brazil which is also about to resume a large COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.
Wits University is collaborating with the University of Oxford and the Oxford Jenner Institute on the South African leg of the trial for a coronavirus vaccine.
Wits University has appointed Nuclear Physicist Professor Zeblon Vilakazi as its new Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
Dean of the Wits University Health Sciences Martin Veller says even if proven effective, it would take at least a year and a half before the drug being tested for COVID-19 would become available to the public.
Two thousand people will begin participating in a coronavirus vaccine trial, due to get underway in South Africa on Wednesday. Half will receive the vaccine, while the rest will be administered a placebo.