Virologist: Coronavirus vaccine could take about a year

Virologist: Coronavirus vaccine could take about a year

Arriving passengers pass through thermal screening for signs of the novel coronavirus, at Suvarnabhumi airport. (Government House photo)
Arriving passengers pass through thermal screening for signs of the novel coronavirus, at Suvarnabhumi airport. (Government House photo)

A leading clinical virologist says he is hopeful China will be able to produce a vaccine against the deadly new coronavirus within a year.

Dr Yong Poovorawan, head of the centre for excellence in clinical virology at Chulalongkorn University’s faculty of medicine, said on Wednesday that a vaccine for the coronavirus required time to research and develop.

“In six months, it’s impossible to produce a vaccine against the coronavirus. It takes a year to develop a vaccine.

"As for Thailand, we have no staff, no people who are experts in this field. But we expect that China will be able to develop a vaccine within one year," he said. 

"The best we can do is to treat patients based on their symptoms and diagnosis,and develop examination methods which are rapid and accurate,’’ said Dr Yong, a senior research scholar of the Thailand Research Fund.

He said researchers from all fields must join hands and integrate their knowledge to help combat the spread of the deadly virus.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (12)

US bans China Telecom

WASHINGTON: US regulators on Tuesday terminated the authorization for China Telecom's American subsidiary to conduct business in the United States, citing "significant" national security risks.

10:45

More illegal job seekers caught on border

Border patrols arrested 79 more Myanmar job seekers who illegally crossed the border into Prachuap Khiri Khan in the Central region and Chiang Mai in the North on Tuesday.

10:25

Orkney's seaweed-eating sheep offer hopes of greener farming

NORTH RONALDSAY, United Kingdom: On a tiny island in Scotland's far-flung Orkneys, thousands of sheep spend the winter munching on seaweed, a unique diet that scientists say offers hope for reducing planet-warming methane emissions.

09:45