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  • 19 May, 2020

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ChAdOx1 nCoV-19

ChAdOx1 nCoV-19

Context

A high-profile potential vaccine for COVID-19 being tested by researchers at Oxford University failed to protect vaccinated monkeys from being infected by the virus. However, the test animals appeared to be protected from pneumonia.

ChAdOx1 nCoV-19

  • The vaccine candidate, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, being tested is a weakened form a common cold virus (adenovirus) that affects chimpanzees but has been neutered to prevent replication in humans.
  • Reports of the candidate vaccine’s performance in monkeys (rhesus macaque) have prompted researchers to test the vaccine’s potency in humans.
  • Its promise has also led to Indian vaccine manufacturer, the Pune-based Serum Institute announcing plans to manufacture four to five million doses by the end-May in India.

Source: TH


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