The Thai Government is planning to recruit 5,000 human volunteers for a coronavirus vaccine trial later this year if tests on monkeys prove to be successful.
Chulalongkorn University’s Center of Excellence in Vaccine Research and Development along with the National Vaccine Institute began testing the mRNA vaccine on monkeys over the weekend.
Should the three-month trial on long-tailed macaques prove to be successful, the research team will then move on to human trials in October of this year.
The aim is to use the best antibodies from the animal testing to produce 10,000 of the vaccine for human trials with 5,000 volunteers required to receive two injections each.
If all goes to plan, the vaccine will be produced in a factory in Canada with initial human testing beginning on a small sample of 30 to 50 volunteers.
After the safety of the vaccine has been confirmed from the first round, the remaining volunteers will have the vaccine administered to test its efficiency in preventing covid-19.
Recruitment for human volunteers is expected to begin over the coming weeks.
Source: Bangkok Post