National Science Agency of Australia has started the first stage of testing potential vaccines for novel coronavirus., as it joins a global race to stop the coronavirus outbreak.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has commenced the Pre clinical testing consisting of injecting ferrets with 2 potential vaccines was underway at its high containment bio security facility near Melbourne.
CSIRO’s director of health Rob Grenfell told that any resulting vaccine would not be available to the public before late next year, The first phase testing would take around 3 months.
Grenfell said in a video link interview that “We’re still sticking to the optimistic 18 months for delivery of vaccine to the general consumers,” added that “Now this, of course, may change. There’s a lot of technical challenges that we’re having to go through.”
Grenfell said scientists were working at a “remarkable” pace reaching the pre clinical testing stage in about 8 weeks, it was normally a process that usually takes up to 2 years.
“So, this is the speed that’s going on at the moment.”
CSIRO said its testing would cover both efficacy and evaluating the best way to administer the vaccine for better protection, including an intra muscular injection and a nasal spray.
Grenfell said he expected human trials of one of the two vaccine candidates being tested to begin later this month or early next month.
CSIRO was the first research organisation outside of China to successfully develop a lab grown version of the virus to enable pre clinical studies on COVID-19.
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