Indian doc grows Corona Virus in Australia | Now closer to its vaccine

Professor SS Vasan

The Hush Post| 12:54 pm|one-minute-read|

Some good news regarding the novel Corona Virus. Even as the death toll is rising every day in China, the world is desperately waiting for a vaccine.

A team led by overseas doctors of India has got a major breakthrough in developing a vaccine for coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The Dangerous Pathogens team of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, headed by Professor SS Vasan, has grown the first batch of coronavirus outside China.

The researchers at Australia’s Doherty Institute had last week managed to isolate coronavirus from a human sample. Now Professor Vasan’s team has grown the virus in sufficient quantity needed to conduct preclinical studies. The development has gotten the world closer to a coronavirus vaccine. Professor Vasan is coordinating with several agencies to develop a vaccine for the virus. The virus has claimed 636 lives so far in China.

Prof Vasan had earlier conducted research on dengue, chikungunya and zika

He works as the principal investigator of CSIRO’s preclinical response project in partnership with the Coalition for Emergency Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

Shedding light on the research, Professor Vasan said: “My colleagues at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory are also working on it. They are working on diagnostics, surveillance, and response. Another part of the CSIRO (Manufacturing) is supporting the scaleup of vaccine antigens being developed by the University of Queensland.”

He added that preclinical responses to coronavirus will accelerate development to develop the vaccine. It will also carry out evaluation of therapeutics which will eventually lead to the development of a vaccine.

An alumnus of BITS Pilani and IISc-Bengaluru, Professor Vasan completed his doctorate from Trinity College, Oxford. He earlier conducted research on dengue, chikungunya and zika. Coronavirus has been declared as a global emergency by the World Health Organisation.

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