Made-in-Vietnam Covid-19 vaccine tested on monkeys
Vaccine and Biological Production No. 1 (Vabiotech) under the Ministry of Health has started performing trials of its Covid-19 vaccine on monkeys.
According to Do Tuan Dat, director of the firm, the tests were carried out from October 27.
Vaccine and Biological Production No. 1 (Vabiotech) has started performing trials of its Covid-19 vaccine on monkeys
The monkeys are at a farm on Reu Island in the northern province of Quang Ninh and are aged between 3-5 years old and weigh around 3 kilos each.
The animals were injected with the Covid-19 vaccine.
The 12 monkeys are divided into two groups, including those that are given injections and those not vaccinated. The monkeys are set to receive two shots of vaccines during a 21-28 day period.
After being vaccinated, the monkeys will be raised on a separate island and monitored every day.
Around one month after the second vaccine shot, experts will assess the immune capacity of the monkeys vaccinated against those who are not.
Dat noted that the company will conduct a trial test of the vaccine on other animals to have a more comprehensive assessment. It would take four months to compile the test results.
Besides Vabiotech, the National Institute for Vaccines and Biologicals, the Centre for Immunisation Vaccines Polyvac and Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Ltd. Co. are also producing Covid-19 vaccines.
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