A CIGARETTE manufacturer says he is developing a potential vaccine to fight the deadly coronavirus – using tobacco plants.
Benson and Hedges manufacturer British American Tobacco (BAT) said it could produce 3 million doses per week by June to fight COVID-19.
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According to the Guardian, the company said: “If the tests go well, BAT hopes that with the right partners and the support of government agencies, between 1 and 3 million doses of vaccine could be produced per week, from June. “
The company says it will soon begin clinical trials on humans and is currently running preclinical tests.
The treatment is developed by the company’s bio-health division, Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP).
KBP had previously developed a drug to fight Ebola.
He claims to have found an antibody that appears to fight COVID-19, using genetically modified tobacco plants.
BAT says she is holding urgent talks with the US drug authorities to speed up the approvals.
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Owen Bennett of investment firm Jefferies said, “This illustrates the scientific sophistication of the big tobacco. “
Scientific Research Director David O’Reilly said: “Vaccine development is difficult and complex work, but we think we have made a significant breakthrough with our technology platform on tobacco plants and are ready to work with governments and all stakeholders to help win the war. against Covid-19.
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“KBP has been studying alternative uses of tobacco for some time.
“One of these alternative uses is the development of herbal vaccines.
“We are determined to contribute to the global effort to stop the spread of Covid-19 using this technology.”