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Thai university asks for public donation to fund locally produced COVID-19 vaccine

Chulalongkorn University and Baiya Phytopharm Company launched a campaign to encourage the public to donate money to support the university’s project in developing locally produced COVID-19 vaccine derived from tobacco leaves. Now it is at a point where animals were being tested and that more research will be undertaken with clinical trials to be conducted on humans.”


Sutheera Dejkhunnavuth, the researcher at Faculty of Pharmacy and CEO of Baiya Phytofarm said “The candidate vaccine will conduct the third phase of human trials on volunteers expected at the end of next year, to be conducted at home or abroad, depending on the pandemic situation at the time. If the human trials are successful, mass production will then begin and that the factory will be able to produce about 1 million doses of the vaccine annually. Adding that each dose will cost about 500 baht (16.64 U.S. dollars), and each patient will be injected with two doses of 15-20 mg each.”

Chula’s encouragement and support for research is excellent for teachers, students, and the public.

Associate Professor Dr. Suchana Chavanich Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University