Coronavirus medicine: an Indian scientist in Australia approaches the world to a coronavirus vaccine | India News
While researchers at the Doherty Institute in Australia had been able to isolate the virus from a human sample last week, the growth of the virus in CSIRO becomes important given that it has the mega scale needed to perform preclinical studies.
Confirming the development, Professor SS Vasan, who heads the CSIRO Dangerous Pathogens Team, told TOI: “We thank our colleagues at the Doherty Institute who shared their isolation with us immediately. It is faster to work with the real virus to accelerate preclinical studies on the relative efficacy of candidates for developing vaccines. ”
Vasan, who is the principal investigator of the CSIRO preclinical response project in partnership with the Emergency Preparedness Innovation Coalition (CEPI) to accelerate the preclinical evaluation of vaccines, said: “My colleagues at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory are also working on diagnostics, surveillance and response. Another part of CSIRO (Manufacturing) is supporting the expansion of vaccine antigens being developed by the University of Queensland. ”
While he said his laboratory is now working to further increase the virus stock, he said CSIRO did not give the details of the amount. On what this means for the global preclinical response to the new coronavirus, Vasan said: “In addition to promoting preclinical studies of essential vaccines, it will accelerate the development and evaluation of therapies to complement vaccines.”
Student of BITS Pilani and IISc-Bengaluru, Vasan moved to Trinity College, Oxford, with a Rhodes scholarship. After his doctorate there, he worked for Oxford spin-out Oxitec in dengue, chikungunya and zika, and then in the equivalent high security facility in Porton Down, England.
The coronavirus has claimed 563 lives in China and health authorities say there were 28,018 confirmed cases until Thursday. According to the World Health Organization, which has declared the outbreak as a global emergency, coronaviruses “are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). ”