02.11.2020, 15:35

VABIOTECH is testing a vaccine against COVID-19 in monkeys

VABIOTECH is testing a vaccine against COVID-19 in monkeys
Last June, VABIOTECH tested its vaccine on mice. Photo: http://baochinhphu.vn

Hanoi (VNA) - Vaccines and Biologics EURL No. 1 (VABIOTECH) has started testing a vaccine against COVID-19 on macaques reared on Reu Island (Quang Ninh Province, North).

Do Tuan Dat, director of VABIOTECH, said 12 healthy macaques between the ages of 3 and 5 had been selected for testing in two phases. After vaccination, these macaques, which weigh more than 3 kg, will be monitored for about three months, before researchers take blood samples from them for testing.

Earlier, last June, VABIOTECH tested this vaccine on mice.

The results of the macaque tests will form the basis for the next steps in testing and suggesting human trials. -VNA