Italy Claims to Have Developed World’s First COVID-19 Vaccine

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A team of Italian scientists has claimed to have developed a couple of vaccines that they claim neutralises the novel coronavirus in human cells.

The report on Arab News, quoting Italian news agency ANSA, said a team of scientists from the company Takis was able to isolate antibodies in mice that blocked the virus from infecting human cells.

Testing was carried out at Rome’s Spallanzani Institute.

The vaccine candidates currently being developed are based on the genetic material of DNA protein “spike”. Researchers said the vaccine will be injected intramuscularly which will be followed by a brief electrical impulse.

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“Researchers believe that this makes their vaccine particularly effective for generating functional antibodies against the “spike” protein, in particular in the lung cells, which are the most vulnerable to coronavirus,” the report said.

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