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Human vaccine test hope for October

Human vaccine test hope for October

THAILAND: A Thai research team could begin human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as this October, according to Suvit Maesincee, minister of Higher Education Science Research and Innovation.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 23 June 2020, 09:03AM

Suvit: Pleased by monkey results. Photo: Bangkok Post

Suvit: Pleased by monkey results. Photo: Bangkok Post

The minister revealed the tentative human trial phase of COVID-19 vaccine after tests on monkeys showed encouraging results.

“After the first injections on monkeys on May 23 using an mRNA-type of vaccine, all the monkeys remained healthy and suffered no side-effects from the jabs. We also found an increased amount of antibodies in their blood,” Mr Suvit said during an online press conference yesterday (June 22).

He said that the next round of animal trials would be in August which, if successful, would lead to human trials in October.

The vaccine is being jointly developed by experts from Chulalongkorn University’s Centre of Excellence in Vaccine Research and Development, the National Vaccine Institute and the Department of Medical Sciences.

The team of researchers are using mRNA technology.

Biologically, mRNA or Messenger RNA carries the blueprint of the cell’s original DNA involved in the process of building viral protein.

“We are using mRNA technology, the newest method for developing vaccines, because the vaccine can be developed rapidly and small amounts can be used to run tests,” he said.

A Thai biotechnology company has been tasked with ensuring it will have the capability to produce enough vaccines.

Mr Suvit added that the National Research Council of Thailand has approved more funds for Chulalongkorn University to prepare to produce vaccines for tests on humans.

“Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has provided policy to ensure that locally produced vaccines are given to Thais before being sent abroad if development is successful.”

Other institutions in the country are also separately developing vaccines, with some currently conducting tests on animals.

Mr Suvit reportedly said that more than 150 prototype vaccines have so far been developed worldwide.

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Christy Sweet | 25 June 2020 - 08:22:18

Now they are using dexamethasone. They could have asked me, been using it on an asthmatic  pony for years.  Wheezing dissipates within the hour.  Guess I'd better stock up on some. 

maverick | 25 June 2020 - 05:08:42

The media has to talk about something - infection rates are getting boring 

Kurt | 24 June 2020 - 11:39:19

@Pascale. And it didn't work. WHO brushed it of the table. And it already long time not used in Thailand anymore.

Pascale | 23 June 2020 - 15:39:38

Kurt, you are confused again. The first vaccine you mentioned was in fact a drug cocktail to treat the symptoms of a Covid 19 patient.

Kurt | 23 June 2020 - 12:12:09

A 2nd thai Covid virus vaccine attempt. Is just  a 'we hope' story. Same as the first Thai vaccine was met with drums and trumpets. We never hear of that anymore. The idea that in Thailand a vaccine can be developed 'rapidly' I simply not believe. I eye on developments in other countries where they not make short cuts and are serious about side effects, tests, etc. 

Christy Sweet | 23 June 2020 - 09:20:50

Torturing animals for nothing.  No corona virus has ever had a vaccine- aka the common cold. Just take a lot of zinc, a bit of sunshine to keep Vitamin D levels up, exercise  and eat healthy is a better prescription.

ThorFinger | 23 June 2020 - 09:17:31

It won't matter. I won't be going anywhere near a vaccine for a long time after a 'cure' has been found. Perhaps not for years yet. I am not at risk from Covid19.


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