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Thai researchers start COVID-19 vaccine monkey trials

Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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SARABURI(NNT)-After a promising outcome from trials in rats, an anti-virus vaccine prototype developed by Thai researchers is now being tested in monkeys, with the results expected by September.

 

Researchers from the National Research Council of Thailand, the National Vaccine Institute, and Chulalongkorn University today started the trial of the mRNA vaccine prototype for COVID-19 at Chulalongkorn University’s National Primate Research Center of Thailand in Saraburi.

 

In the trial, the vaccine will be given in various doses to 13 female cynomolgus monkeys aged 4-6 years, which are comparable to humans aged 12 years or older.

 

Five monkeys will receive the vaccine in low doses, and five will receive the vaccine in higher doses. The vaccine will be administered every two weeks on a total of three occasions, with continuous evaluation. It is expected to take 3-6 months for the results to be concluded.

 

This mRNA vaccine trial is among the five vaccine types ordered by the Prime Minister.

 

The National Research Council of Thailand’s Secretary General, Dr Sirirurg Songsivilai, said today that this monkey trial is a significant step in vaccine development, as primates’ bodies closely resemble humans. The process will help researchers study the vaccine’s effectiveness in stimulating antibody production, prior to a clinical trial in humans.

 

There are now 200 COVID-19 vaccines in development worldwide, most of which are at the stage of trials in small animals. The development of a vaccine can take at least 12 to 18 months before it is available for mass inoculations, provided all tests and trials are successful.

 

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15 minutes ago, bluesofa said:
1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

Thai researchers start COVID-19 vaccine monkey trials

Will the researchers pay them peanuts?

hey no monkeying around this is serious bananas.

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1 hour ago, ezzra said:

My sympathy to the monkeys... I just can't see Thai researchers coming up with the vaccine ahead of dozens other countries with much more experience and better equip in this field...

Why not? And why less experience or better equipment? They are not alone in tests and trials but have been less distracted by the adulation of buffoonery elsewhere.

I wish them luck in the attempt which they are sharing with the international research community at each step. Not trying to corner a market by wealth and stealth !

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The need to strictly adhere to Scientific methods which include high rates of failure and cost make me doubt Thailand will be the one to discover it.  I can't see the culture here, which places courtesy and saving face at all levels above facts being conducive to such rigors. I would be happy to be proven wrong but for now I am more likely to trust vaccines from other nations where this isn't the case.

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Whilst other countries are conducting experiments with humans already, here they play with monkeys

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If the Monkeys survive we will try it out on Farangs, make it a condition of their visa. If they survive we may use it on Thais.

 

Feel sorry for the Monkeys.

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9 hours ago, ezzra said:

My sympathy to the monkeys... I just can't see Thai researchers coming up with the vaccine ahead of dozens other countries with much more experience and better equip in this field...

I thought Pigs were close to Human for test purposes.

Could be wrong again.lol

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Given that there is now virtually zero transmission of the China virus in Thailand, I don’t see how any human trials could work.

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5 hours ago, Deli said:

Whilst other countries are conducting experiments with humans already, here they play with monkeys

Ling Land

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