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Medical researchers will shift their focus from vaccine development to Covid-19 treatment, says one of Thailand’s top virologists. Dr Yong Poovorawan cites the lower investment costs as a reason for the shift. “To study a vaccine’s efficiency, it is necessary to have more than 10,000 volunteers use both real and placebo jabs. However, a study on drug efficiency involves up to 1,000 volunteers, so it requires lower investment compared to vaccine trials.” According to a Nation Thailand report, Yong says vaccine development has to focus on curbing the spread of infection during an emergency phase, shifting to concentrating on safety […]

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