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  • Feb 14, 2020

UK scientists test coronavirus vaccine on mice

There is a sense of fear over the growing numbers of people affected by coronavirus, with over 60,000 cases reported worldwide and 1,000-plus deaths. So while checking on research work being carried out to control the outbreak I found this news from AFP on scientists in UK testing a new vaccine on mice.

There is a sense of fear over the growing numbers of people affected by coronavirus, with over 60,000 cases reported worldwide and 1,000-plus deaths. So while checking on research work being carried out to control the outbreak I found this news from AFP on scientists in UK testing a new vaccine on mice.

The agency quoted Paul McKay, a researcher at the Imperial College London, saying on Monday that the vaccine they had created had been “put into mice.” The antibody response to the coronavirus in the blood of the over the next few weeks could hold the key to treatment.

Shanghai University is also believed to be testing a coronavirus vaccine on mice, China's Xinhua state news agency has reported.

However, from testing a vaccine to mass producing it, ensuring its safety, takes time. McKay has said phase one of the trial is likely to take a few months, followed by an efficacy trial, also likely to take a couple of months.

Regulators must then make sure that the vaccine is both sufficiently safe and effective to be mass produced. McKay says he hopes they are the first to get the vaccine into human clinical trials.