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Macaque monkey trial offers hope to develop effective Coronavirus vaccine

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(Last Updated On: May 15, 2020)

A Coronavirus vaccine has provided protection and immunity against Covid-19 in six rhesus macaque monkeys, BBC reported on Friday.

The vaccine which is now undergoing human clinical trials gives early hope, however, there is no guarantee this result will translate to people.

The trial was conducted in the US, involving researchers from the US government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Oxford University.

BBC wrote, “The animals who had been given the vaccine, and were then exposed to SARS-CoV-2, had less of the virus in their lungs and airways which was then compared with the control group of monkeys which was not given the vaccine.”

The vaccine appeared to protect the monkeys against developing pneumonia.

This comes as the Rhesus macaques have similar immune systems to humans which gives the vaccine results early hopes.

Dozens of vaccines are being developed to diagnose, prevent, and cure the Coronavirus, however, the WHO stated on Thursday that the Coronavirus may never go away.

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Coronavirus: Concerns over increase in daily cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2020)

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COVID19 updates Afghanistan; cases rise to 11,173

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2020)

With 591 new registries in the last 24 hours, the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases rose to 11,173 – Kabul ranks first on the table, with 390 new cases.

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed 591 new cases of the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, including 390 reported from Kabul, and the rest are designated as follows:

“Herat 62, Balkh 36, Badghis 21, Nangarhar 18, Kunar 14, Takhar 14, Jawzjan 11, Wardak 7, Paktia 5, Baghlan 5, Khost 3, Panjshir 2, Ghor 2, and Bamyan reported one new case.”

It is worth mentioning that authorities have tightened the movement restrictions on Eid days in Kabul city to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.

On the other hand, although religious scholars emphasize to impose restrictions, they call on the police to be soft with the sick and others in serious need.

The Ministry of Public Health has reported a lack of capacity in the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital amid the rapid increase in the number of infections.

It, therefore, has announced that three more hospitals will be made designated to the Coronavirus patients in Kabul.

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Coronavirus: Concerns over increase in daily cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 24, 2020)

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