HealthDay Reports: Experimental Vaccines Shield Monkeys From Coronavirus
In one study with rhesus macaque monkeys, the animals developed immunity against the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after receiving experimental vaccines.
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies offer hope for an effective coronavirus vaccine -- and for the notion that prior infection also confers immunity.
Both studies were conducted in rhesus macaque monkeys, so testing in humans is required for more definitive proof. But in one study, monkeys developed immunity against the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after receiving experimental vaccines.
"Our findings increase optimism that the development of COVID-19 vaccines will be possible," said lead researcher Dr. Dan Barouch. He directs the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.