Italian scientists claim to have developed world’s first coronavirus vaccine
Italian scientists claim to have developed a vaccine that can neutralize the coronavirus in human cells.
Tests carried out at Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital, which specializes in infectious diseases, generated antibodies in mice that work in human cells.
“This is the most advanced stage of testing of a candidate vaccine created in Italy,” said Luigi Aurisicchio, chief executive of Takis, the company working on the treatment.
“According to Spallanzani Hospital, as far as we know we are the first in the world so far to have demonstrated neutralization of the coronavirus by a vaccine,” he told the Italian news agency Ansa.
“Human tests are expected after this summer,” Mr Aurisicchio said.
He added: “We are working hard for a vaccine coming from Italian research, with an all-Italian and innovative technology, tested in Italy and made available to everyone.
“So as to arrive at this objective, we need the help of national and global organizations and accomplices who may assist us with accelerating the procedure.”
After a solitary immunization, the mice created antibodies fit for obstructing the infection from tainting human cells, Mr Aurisicchio asserted.
He said specialists saw that five applicant immunizations created countless antibodies and they at that point chosen the two with the best outcomes.
The up-and-comer immunizations depended on the hereditary material of the “spike” DNA protein that the coronavirus uses to enter human cells.
The following tests to be directed will expect to decide to what extent the invulnerable reaction keeps going.
So far, at least 254,532 people have died from Covid-19 since the outbreak first emerged in China last December.
More than 3,629,160 cases have been confirmed in 195 countries and territories.