Italy claims world's first coronavirus vaccine; human trials soon

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 06, 2020, 12:00 PM(IST)

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Italy, among the world’s hardest-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, allowed about 4.5 million people to return to work on Monday after nearly two months of lockdown.

Italy claims that it has successfully developed a vaccine to contain the novel coronavirus.

The country has also said that the vaccine works on humans.

Italy, among the world’s hardest-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, allowed about 4.5 million people to return to work on Monday after nearly two months of lockdown.

As per the tests carried out at Rome's infectious-disease Spallanzani Hospital, the coronavirus vaccine has antibodies generated in mice that work on human cells.

Human tests are expected after this summer.

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If reports are true, it would be the first since the global race for a coronavirus vaccine began.

Scientists experimented with the vaccine on mice that successfully developed antibodies, blocking the virus from infecting the cells. The five vaccine candidates generated a large number of antibodies, the report said.

According to the findings, the vaccine candidates could adapt to any COVID-19 evolution and its possible mutations.

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The novel coronavirus has claimed 2,53,974 lives globally, and has infected more than 3.5 million people.

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