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Tests for virus cure 'promising
Trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine on animals has yielded satisfactory results, according to the Public Health Ministry. Department of Medical Sciences director-general, Opart Karnkawinpong, said the tests were conducted by scientists led by Kiat Ruxrungtham of Chulalongkorn University in collaboration with researchers from Siriraj Hospital, Ramathibodi Hospital and several regional hospitals. The team has developed what it hopes is a DNA vaccine and administered it to mice in lab tests.
Coronavirus update: List of WHO's top-8 contenders for COVID-19 vaccine
Five months into the global outbreak of COVID-19, the world is racing against time to prepare a vaccine for treating coronavirus patients. Trials are underway in laboratories across the world, with several companies and governments doubling their efforts to find a permanent cure for the deadly virus. World leaders and organisations except the United States have already pledged $8 billion to research, manufacture, and distribute a possible vaccine and treatment for COVID-19 apart from the individual efforts taken by the countries and their pharmaceutical firms. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified top eight candidates for the coronavirus vaccine.
COVID effect: Medical AI takes prominence in Asia Pacific
The COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous strain on the healthcare sector globally. With no established treatment, an exponential rise in cases, limited resources and vulnerability of the medical staff — of catching the virus, the sector has found itself struggling to deal with the crises. Healthcare professionals are working tirelessly on faster diagnosis, rapid response, effective use of human resources and ensuring safety of medical personnel.