BEIJING, Tuesday (Xinhua) — Scientists at Australia’s Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunization said Wednesday they will share samples of the new coronavirus developed in the lab to help speed up vaccine research. Earlier reports said the institute became the first scientific laboratory in the world to reproduce a new coronavirus outside china, a major breakthrough in the global fight against coronaviruses that will help scientists determine whether future vaccines are effective.
“It’s a step, part of the puzzle that we’re contributing to,” Mike Catton, the institute’s deputy director, told reporters Wednesday. “
Raina MacIntyre, director of the Biosecurity Research Program at the Kirby Institute in Australia, said: “The creation and sharing of viral samples will accelerate the development of potential vaccines because drugs can be tested on animals that inject the virus. “
“More people will be able to grow viruses that they can use to develop drugs, vaccines, and better describe the nature and spread of the virus,” she said. “
In addition to contributing to the development of the vaccine, Australian-bred samples could also be used to produce antibody tests that could detect the virus in patients who do not show symptoms, according to the Peter Doherty Institute.