Johnson & Johnson says coronavirus vaccine prevents severe illness in hamsters
Dado Ruvic | Reuters
Johnson & Johnson‘s potential coronavirus vaccine prevented severe illness in a small group of Syrian golden hamsters, the company announced Thursday.
J&J researchers vaccinated hamsters with a single dose and then exposed the rodents to the virus four weeks later, the company said.
J&J said the vaccine elicited neutralizing antibodies, which researchers believe are necessary to build immunity to the virus, in hamsters who got the vaccine. Vaccinated hamsters also appeared to lose less weight than unvaccinated hamsters and didn’t experience severe clinical disease, such as pneumonia, or mortality. The results were published Thursday in the medical journal Nature Medicine.
“This pre-clinical study further validates our confidence in our SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate,” J&J’s Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels said in a press release. “With our Phase 3 trials planned to start this month, we remain committed to expanding our manufacturing …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]