First novel coronavirus vaccines begin animal testing

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BEIJING — The first batch of vaccines against the novel coronavirus has produced antibodies and undergone animal testing, an official of Zhejiang province’s Science and Technology Department in East China said at a news conference on Sunday.

Song Zhiheng, deputy director of the department, said the recombinant adenovirus vaccine has begun cultivating recombinant virus and entered animal trials recently.

Virus filtering in Zhejiang province has stepped into the fourth generation, “but we should be aware that since vaccine development takes a long cycle, we must respect scientific rules and conduct careful and safe research,” Song said.

Westlake University and the provincial bio…

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