Thailand joins global race for vaccine with trials on monkeys

A laboratory baby monkey being examined at the National Primate Research Centre of Thailand at Chulalongkorn University in Saraburi. After conclusive results on mice, Thai scientists from the centre have begun testing a Covid-19 vaccine candidate on monkeys, the phase before human trials. PHOTO | MLADEN ANTONOV | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Over 100 candidate vaccines are currently in various stages of development around the world.
  • Oxford University researchers are considered the frontrunners in the race.
  • The process entails injecting a short sequence of viral genetic material to trigger an immune response.



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