Turkey to start animal testing to develop antiserum
Turkey will begin animal testing next week in its effort to develop an anti-serum to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic, a senior official announced on Friday.
"The animals will undergo illness, if lightly. Their antibody count will go up and we will get these antibodies by separating them from the blood and other elements," explained Bekir Pakdemirli, minister of agriculture and forestry.
TESTS WILL FIRST BE CONDUCTED ON HORSES AND RABBITS
"Imagine the virus is a soldier ready to go to war, we don't kill the virus, but get its rifle, the virus is now available for use in the laboratory," said Pakdemirli, stressing that the fight against the pandemic required multi-disciplinary research.
He noted that the high biosafety precautions would be taken during the study as it involved high health risks. Tests will first be conducted on horses and rabbits, Pakdemirli said, underlining that these tests would not damage their health as the viruses would be inactive.
"When this study is successful, the vaccine prototype will be produced," he said, adding that 80 research facilities around the world were working to produce a vaccine against coronavirus.