CSIRO testing possible COVID-19 vaccines.
Australia’s national science agency has begun testing potential coronavirus vaccines in what has been described as a critical milestone in the global fight against COVID-19.
CSIRO scientists are performing the first stage of testing for two vaccine candidates at the agency’s high-containment biosecurity facility in Geelong.
The pre-clinical trials, which are expected to take three months, will use animal subjects to test whether the potential vaccines from the University of Oxford and Inovio Pharmaceuticals are safe and effective.
We’ve been warned the virus won’t be truly beaten without a vaccine, and this testing is being called a ‘very significant’ milestone.
“Usually it takes one to two years to do this and we have apparently done it in eight weeks, so that’s actually really good,” health and biosecurity director Dr Rob Grenfell told AAP.