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Human trials of locally made Covid-19 vaccine to begin in October

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Surpassing earlier predictions that human trials of a locally manufactured Covid-19 vaccine could begin as early as the end of the year, Thailand will conduct the first human trials of its vaccine candidate in October, after trials on monkeys produced satisfactory results, with high level of immunity being detected in the animals. The minister for higher education, science, research and innovation made the announcement in a Facebook post today.

He says the next step is to recruit volunteers in August and September for human trials of the mRNA vaccine, which was jointly developed by the Vaccine Research Centre of Chulalongkorn University and the Office of National Research.

He wrote that that the second dose of the vaccine candidate in monkeys, at the National Primate Research Centre in the central province of Saraburi, showed that it boosted immunity in the animals to an “efficacious level.”

“Researchers have analysed blood samples from the monkeys, to assess the level of antibody. It is good news that the monkeys have developed a substantial level of immunity.”

All the monkeys are in good health, without side effects, 2 weeks after they were given the second dose on June 22.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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    Kurt

    July 12, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Today is the 12th of July…. why do you start only in August to recruit volunteers for the new Vaccine? Today it is easy to find people willing to join, accelerating the project just a little bit could lead to a start in September, 1 month ahead of your schedule. Time is vital and money as well….good luck!

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    paul scott

    July 13, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Kurt above < You go for the vaccine experiment, and the identity chip and permanent surveillance, wear your mask forever, bee a sheep, and remember to vote red.

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