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Italy claim world's first coronavirus vaccine

06 May 2020 13:23, Somoy English Desk
Italy claim world's first coronavirus vaccine
Italy claim world's first coronavirus vaccine

Italy has claimed that it has successfully developed a vaccine to contain the novel coronavirus, saying the vaccine works on humans.

Italy, one of 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, reports WION.

Human tests are expected after this summer.

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.

The global death toll from the coronavirus has reached 258,306 as of Wednesday morning.

Besides, it has infected 3,726,797 people around the world.

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