Researchers to Focus on Animal Models to Find Coronavirus Vaccine

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 09:51

Researchers at San Antonio-based Texas Biomedical Research Institute will focus on animal models in the hopes of creating a vaccine for COVID-19.

Scientists have launched a new study that will focus on animal models to see what treatments and therapies are effective against the virus, KSAT reports.

“We have one of seven national debate research centers with the greatest variety of nonhuman primates of any,” Texas Biomed President and CEO, Dr. Larry Schlesinger, said. “This is really important, because in establishing an animal model, what might need to try as we’re doing now, multiple species to try to find out which is the best model to help us tested therapies in vaccines as they come to market.”

Scientists plan to conduct the study over the next four weeks then get the work publish for peer review. After that, clinical trials are needed before it can be presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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