As per a recent report, scientists in Australia have started animal tests of two potential vaccines for COVID-19. However, the experts stated that even if these tests prove to be successful, developing and mass-producing a vaccine will be unlikely until sometime next year.
COVID-19 Tests For Animals
Per the news release, these test vaccines have been developed by Oxford University in Britain and in the United States by Inovio Pharmaceuticals, with the World Health Organization (WHO) saying that they can (and should) be tested on animals since it’s a fundamental step in the search for a vaccine for humans.
As such, Australia’s very own national science agency is assessing whether the treatments work as well as whether they are safe for people or not.
At the moment, the vaccines are being tested on ferrets because these animals contract the virus the same way that we people do.
“They are very significant. I mean, this is world-leading technology and this is the first time actually in the world that we have done these animal model tests to look at two candidate vaccines, both of which the CEPI coalition has provided funding towards,” Jane Halton, the head of Australia’s Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations or CEPI, said .
Per experts, the new test vaccines are important since the global push to find an effective treatment for the new coronavirus is at an all-time high, given that the pandemic itself is showing no signs of slowing down. As such, international collaboration for it is high, and researchers are working non-stop at a very rapid pace. In fact, as of this writing, there are around 20 vaccines that are currently being developed from all over the world.
Still, there’s some great news to be had. For example, Australian researchers said that when it comes to reaching animal testing for a potential vaccine, it usually takes them up to two years. This time, however, it only took them a mere two months.
Despite this surprising progress, experts believe that even if the animal testings turn out to be successful, there won’t be a proper mass-produced vaccine until 2021 since new vaccines usually take some time before they pass the international standards and get shipped all over the world.