A commuter wearing a mask rides on a bus passing by a prosperity sign in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. China's virus death toll on Sunday have surpassed the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, but fewer new cases were reported in a possible sign its spread may be slowing as other nations step up efforts to block the disease. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Chinese researches have begun animal testing of six types of vaccines against novel coronavirus, head of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Science of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Qin Chuan informed.

“Currently, the Institute of Laboratory Animal Science is conducting animal testing of six vaccines,” the expert is quoted by the Xina portal.

“These are the six vaccines that have been developed in our country the fastest. As far as I am aware, only our institute in cooperation with the expert group on combating the coronavirus of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has the two experimental types of animals approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology for such tests – transgenic mice and monkeys,” Qin Chuan explained.

On February 21, Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping stated that China would be able to begin clinical testing of coronavirus vaccine no earlier than in late April.

Source: TASS, March 5, 2020