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COVID-19 vaccine made by Taiwan's NHRI shows promising results in clinical trial of mice


A COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) has produced promising results in mice, announced by NHRI President Liang Kung-yee.


Further study and research is still needed to determine its effectiveness against the disease.

NHRI has been working on developing four kinds of vaccines against the COVID-19 with the development of a peptide vaccine progressing the fastest, Liang told Central News Agency.

When the vaccine has been injected into mice, they have produced antibodies that seem promising, although further research is needed to determine whether these antibodies can help mice sufficiently combat SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), according to Liang.

The NHRI revealed a prototype of a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19, which can test patients for the disease in just 15 minutes which work like a strip of pregnancy test.


Liang said that the preliminary results on the vaccines' effectiveness in mice could be seen by the end of April at the earliest.

The National Health Research Institutes is a non-profit foundation established by the Taiwan government. Scientists at the NHRI conduct mission-oriented medical research and investigate many aspects of the basic biomedical sciences, as well as specific diseases. 
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