What is it about?
A group of researchers and scientists (from KAIMRC and MEWA (Saudi Arabia), Oxford (UK) and other collaborating institutes) have developed a vaccine to combat Coron virus (known scientifically as MERS-Coronavirus or MERS-CoV). This vaccine is made based on another non-replicating virus derived from Chimanzee Adenovirus, which is not able to cause infection by itself in humans or camels. The vaccine was composed and developed by Oxford University where it was first tested in mice (Reported by Alharbi et al (2017) Vaccine Journal). The vaccine was then taken to the field in Saudi Arabia where the same group h
as tested it in dromedary (on-hump) camels. This summary article highlights the scientific results of evaluating the vaccine in camels; reported by Alharbi et al (2019) Nature Scientific Reports.
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