As reported, during the first testing phase, 50 mice in the lab remained healthy two weeks after they were injected with the vaccine on April 26.
If the tests prove successful on mice, the research team will seek funding from international agencies to take their work further.
Dr. Do Tuan Dat said that since the end of January when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Vietnam, VABIOTECH researchers have been working with scientists at the Bristol University to produce a vaccine for the disease.
"However, a working vaccine won't be available for at least 12 to 18 months", he underscored.
Vietnam currently has four organizations working on developing vaccines for COVID-19, and VABIOTECH was the first to test their candidate vaccine on mice.
Around 150 COVID-19 vaccine development projects are being carried out worldwide. Eight vaccines have begun human testing.
By Linh Bui