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6 months ago | World Science & Technology News | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

A leading infectious disease doctor from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University has announced that tests of new locally produced Covid-19 vaccines on monkeys had proved successful.

Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha, head of the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre, said that the latest vaccine is produced by integrating the virus’ DNA into tobacco leaves.

The plant responds to the DNA and produces proteins about a week later, according to the Bangkok Post report.

The proteins are then extracted to make the vaccine. So far, it has been tested on mice and monkeys.

The next step is testing it on humans.

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