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Daiichi Sankyo's COVID-19 vaccine selected by Japanese drug discovery body

TOKYO, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Daiichi Sankyo Co said on Monday that its mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate was selected for inclusion in a drug discovery program by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development.

The vaccine, known as DS-5670, was picked for the second round of AMED’s program dedicated to COVID-19 research. Daiichi Sankyo is aiming to begin clinical studies of the vaccine around March 2021 in collaboration with the University of Tokyo. (Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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