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Vaccine Protects Monkeys From COVID-19 Infection

Good news on the vaccine front. Researchers in China report positive results of a new COVID-19 vaccine among a population of rhesus macaque monkeys.

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Good news on the vaccine front. Researchers in China report positive results of a new COVID-19 vaccine among a population of rhesus macaque monkeys. The vaccine uses an inactivated version of the novel coronavirus—a traditional way of creating immunizations. One group of monkeys received a high dose and the other received a lower dose of the vaccine. Three weeks later, both groups were exposed to the novel coronavirus via tubes in their tracheas into their lungs. The group that received the high-dose vaccination experienced the greatest protection against the virus, with no signs of the virus in the pharynx or lungs. While the sample size was small—only eight monkeys—no adverse effects were noted. Human trials have begun. Click here to read more.

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