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Potential Vaccines

Potential Vaccines

CSIRO Working On Potential COVID-19 Vaccines

Not so far away from home, scientists in the southwest are working on the first stage of testing potential COVID-19 vaccines.

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Based in Geelong, the CSIRO high containment biosecurity facility, known as the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, has been working with the Coalition for Epidemic Prepardness Innovations since January.

CEPI engaged CSIRO to start working on the virus SARS CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19.

In consultation with the World Health Organisation, CEPI has identified vaccine candidates to undergo the first pre-clinical trials at CSIRO, with further candidates likely to follow. 

CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall stated that beginning vaccine candidate testing is a critical milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

“CSIRO researchers are working around-the-clock to combat this disease which is affecting so many, whether it’s at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory or at our state-of-the-art biologics manufacturing facility, we will keep working until this viral enemy is defeated."

Current work on COVID-19 spans virus and vaccine:

- CSIRO was the first research organisation outside of China to generate sufficient stock of the virus, using the virus strain isolated by the Doherty Institute, to enable pre-clinical studies and research on COVID-19.

- CSIRO successfully established a biological model in March, the first in the world to confirm ferrets react to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

- Researchers have quickly progressed to studying the course of infection in the animals, a crucial step in understanding if a vaccine will work.

- CSIRO researchers confirmed, after studying SARS CoV-2’s genomic sequence that the virus is presently changing into a number of distinct ‘clusters’ and are now starting to look at how this may also impact on the development of a vaccine.

For more information on CSIRO’s COVID-19 work, visit: www.csiro.au/COVID-19

PHOTO CREDIT: Australian Georgraphic

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