Australian scientists have successfully produced laboratory growth samples of a new coronavirus under laboratory conditions, achieving a major breakthrough in the global fight against coronaviruses. The Melbourne-based Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunology has become the first scientific laboratory in the world to reproduce the virus outside China, local media reported Tuesday. The breakthrough, known as “Change of Situations,” will help scientists determine whether future vaccines are effective.
Currently, there are five confirmed cases of new coronavirus infection in Australia, four in New South Wales and one in Victoria. The team of scientists successfully bred the virus using samples from patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Friday. It will be shared with the World Health Organization through the Australian Public Health Laboratory.
Mike Caton, the institute’s deputy director, said the findings were “critical” and would be an important factor in proving the effectiveness of the vaccine, and that scientists would be able to test any potential vaccine against the laboratory version of the virus.