Vietnam’s State-owned VABIOTECH Pursues a Vaccine: Now in Mice Testing & So Far So Good

Vietnam’s State-owned VABIOTECH Pursues a Vaccine: Now in Mice Testing & So Far So Good

A COVID-19 vaccine developed by VABIOTECH Co Ltd, a State-owned vaccine developer under the management of the Ministry of Health—part of a joint venture with Bristol University in the UK—began right when the pandemic started and prior to the availability of the genetic sequencing of the pathogen. It was reported that researchers there are making progress as 50 mice injected with the vaccine remain in good health.

Vaccine Race is on

Nearly 100 research teams are working on vaccines worldwide in the animal testing stage. Several have made it to human trials in nations such as China, United States, and Germany. In the case of the UK, the University of Oxford vaccine is now in an 800-person clinical trial.

Enter Vietnam

Although the South East Asian nation can still be considered developing, it has undergone a fundamental economic transformation—much like China but not on the same scale. Vietnam has been closely monitoring other vaccine efforts. The nation has its own vaccine manufacturing industry however this is the very first time a vector-based vaccine is under development.

To date, four companies are working on a COVID-19 vaccine. However, VABIOTECH is the first su...

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