Chinese officials are officially planning to give an early COVID-19 candidate called CanSino to China’s military, Reuters reports, after clinical trials proved it was safe and showed some promising signs.

The drug, called Ad5-nCoV, is one of eight Chinese vaccines approved for human trials. Canada is also currently investigating the shot’s efficacy through human testing.

According to state-owned Chinese news outlet Global Times, the move is intended to “encourage and promote COVID-19 vaccine research and development (R&D) amid the current tough pandemic situation.”

The vaccine is only approved for military use according to Reuters. Expansion of the use of the vaccine for wider use has not been authorized.

To date, trials of the vaccine have showed mixed results, boosting immune response in only some participants. About half the volunteers who took it had little immune response, STAT reported at the time. Some experts suggested the vaccine could be helpful for the most at-risk age groups.

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