Thailand’s first potential Covid-19 vaccine, developed by Chulalongkorn University, is now entering the process of a vaccine factory reservation in order to produce a prototype vaccine for human trials, approximately scheduled for April 2021.
Kiatrak Rungtham, director of the Covid-19 vaccine development project, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, announced yesterday, November 23, that the team is in the process of purchasing vaccine production from Thailand’s vaccine plant company although its production may not be sufficient as all purchases have already been made by other large international companies.
The vaccine development from Chulalongkorn University is expected to begin its first trial in humans in April 2021, if the prototype vaccine has been produced in the previous estimated time. The second phase of the trial is planned to be conducted in June if the results from the first trial are effective.
The phase 3 trial will not be tested as it will already be proven effective, similar to other vaccine developments at an international standard, the director stated.
Kiatrak told the press: “Results and data collected in the first and second phases will also look at how many doses of the vaccine that Thai people should be getting in order to effectively stimulate the immune system and to be safe from the Covid-19 Coronavirus”
“The genetics of Thai people and foreign people are generally different, so the amount of vaccine used is also different. We believe that Thailand will be able to produce its own Covid-19 vaccine by the end of 2021.”
Additionally, Chulalongkorn University has received a budget for vaccine development of 300 million baht from the government which is gradually paying them 42 million baht per installment. Some of the money is also funded by the National Vaccine Institute.
However, the overall process until 2021 is expected to spend more than the set budget which might overrun the state’s budget and delay the project. The University might continue their financial support by donations from other institutions, Kiatrak concluded.
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