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Thailand advances coronavirus vaccine trials on monkeys

Bangkok: Thailand on Saturday has advanced its testing of a vaccine against the coronavirus on monkeys after positive trials in mice, an official said.

Thailand’s minister of higher education, science, and research and innovation, Suvit Maesincee, said researchers had moved testing of the vaccine to monkeys and hoped to have a “clearer outcome” of its effectiveness by September, reported Reuters.

“This project is for the human race, not just Thais. The prime minister (Prayuth Chan-ocha) has outlined a policy that we must develop a vaccine and join the world community workforce on this,” Suvit told reporters on Saturday.

There are more than a hundred vaccine being developed around the world and 10 of them are in the human trials phase.

Thailand has also begun reserving two manufacturers for its vaccine for COVID-19. The Thai vaccine uses messenger RNA, which signals the body to produce antigens, molecules on the surface of the viruses, which spurs the immune system into action.

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