Thailand announced Monday that a research team has developed an experimental vaccine against a novel coronavirus and has shown promising results in monkeys that the jab could enter testing as soon as this October. The country’s COVID-19 vaccine trial advanced after macaque monkeys that had received the first-dose jab, according to the Thai Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation.
Suvit Maesincee, the Higher Education, Science, Research, And Innovation Minister, said that researchers at the National Primate Research Center in Saraburi, a central province in Thailand, administered the mRNA candidate vaccine to the monkeys on 23 May. He said all the monkeys were healthy and that they had adequate immune responses.
The Minister added that on Monday the two-dose of the vaccine was reinjected with the same monkeys, as the country is seeking another positive reaction to human studies early in October.
The minister said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has stressed the importance of producing homegrown COVID-19 vaccines in cooperation with partner countries like China and the USA in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Thailand has previously said that it anticipates that next year it will have a coronavirus vaccine. That vaccine is one of at least 120 scientists worldwide developing for treatment and vaccine fighting COVID 19, killing at least 469,060 people around the world.
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