Vietnam starts COVID-19 vaccine trials on monkeys

The State-owned Company for Vaccine and Biological Production No. 1 (VABIOTECH) has started trials of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine on rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) on Reu Island off the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Trials on monkeys are only one part of the whole process and scientists will have to continue to experiment on other animals, while conducting laboratory analyses on protective effects and immunogenicity. The trial results on monkeys will form the basis for the next step before any suggestion of human trials.

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