Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (Photo by Vachira Vachira/NurPhoto via AP)

Home­grown mR­NA Thai vac­cine for Covid-19 could be ready by year end — re­port

The Thai Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion will soon re­view tri­al re­sults from its coun­try’s first lo­cal­ly-de­vel­oped Covid-19 vac­cine, which us­es the same mR­NA tech­nol­o­gy that suc­cess­ful vac­cines from Pfiz­er/BioN­Tech and Mod­er­na have al­so em­ployed. If all goes well, Thai­land will roll out its first home­grown vac­cine by the end of this year, its gov­ern­ment has said.

The first lot of the vac­cine was pro­duced by BioNet-Asia, and de­vel­oped by Chu­la­longko­rn Uni­ver­si­ty re­searchers, the Bangkok Post re­port­ed. The jab, dubbed Chu­la­Cov19, has yet to be­gin clin­i­cal tri­als in hu­mans but ex­pects to lat­er this year, the Chu­la Vac­cine Re­search Cen­ter said. The cen­ter worked in col­lab­o­ra­tion with UPenn Pro­fes­sor Drew Weiss­man, who al­so worked on the mR­NA vac­cine tech that Pfiz­er/BioN­Tech de­ployed.

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