While scientists across the world are unanimously working to find a way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of Italian scientists has claimed to develop a vaccine that neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus in human cells.
Hundreds of potential vaccines are currently being tested to fight the novel coronavirus that has sunk the world economy into a recession. But this one could be a breakthrough.
As per the reports, researchers from the company Takis have developed a vaccine that generated antibodies in Mice that work in human cells too. The isolated antibodies from mice blocked the virus from infecting human cells.
Rome’s Spallanzani Institute carried out the tests.
The newly developed vaccine is based on the genetic material of the ‘spike’ protein of the virus. The vaccine will be injected intramuscularly, followed by a brief electric pulse. This could make the vaccine particularly effective against the virus in the most vulnerable organs like lungs.
This is the first time a Covid-19 vaccine is known to neutralize coronavirus in humans, claimed Spallanzani Hospital.
“This is the most advanced stage of testing of a candidate vaccine created in Italy,” said Luigi Aurisicchio, CEO of Takis. The human trials of the vaccine are expected after this summer. He also added that the company is keen to collaborate internationally to accelerate the development process of the vaccine.
The researchers tested different candidate vaccines and chose the best two, which showed promising results in generating antibodies. They will now be studying how long the immune response lasts.
The global scientific community is working round the clock to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. Developing a vaccine usually takes at least five years, but the time period could be shorter in this case of an emergency. The Bill Gates foundation is also involved in combating the global pandemic.
Bill Gates, in a recent note, had expressed his excitement about the DNA and RNA novel approaches in developing a vaccine.
Covid-19 could be the first disease to actually implement the approach even though it has been tested for diseases like Malaria.
Editor’s Note; the first covid-19 vaccine that works on humans, Italian scientists, Spallanzani Institute