Posted February 11, 2019 09:32:20 A new cobra vaccine is being developed in Australia, which is also one of the countries where the deadly animal has been eradicated.
The federal government has set aside $5 million for the program.
But a review of the project by the Australian Academy of Medical Science has raised concerns about its effectiveness, as well as its safety.
The academy’s director, Dr Tony Trewavas, said the study is preliminary, and that the research will need to be done more carefully before it can be considered commercially available.
He said the team will need more detailed data before the team can make an informed decision about whether to proceed.
The Australian government is hoping to start the trial this year.
“This is a big milestone for the development of the Cobra vaccine,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
“It’s a vaccine that we know will provide the best possible protection against the highly effective and deadly cobra.”
The results from the trial are now being analysed and the results will be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the coming weeks.
“He said he hopes to hold a press conference on Monday to explain the plan and give more details about the testing process.
Aboriginal Health Minister Nigel Scullion said the plan was an important step forward in the fight against the cobra, which was eradicated in the Northern Territory in 1993.”
I know the community is excited about the trial,” Mr Scullions said.”[The study] will give us a better understanding of the effectiveness of the vaccine, and we will work with the Northern Territories to ensure that the trial is safe and that we continue to vaccinate as many people as possible.
“As a result of this research, the NT Government will now look at the potential for other vaccines and we’ll be able to provide those to other areas of Australia as well.”
Dr Trewaas said the project will be funded by the Federal Government, but that there was no guarantee the money would be spent.
“We need to work through the Federal government’s commitment on how we can work with them to fund this, and I’m confident that we’ll get the funding,” he said.
The first phase of the trial will begin this year, and the first batch of vaccine doses will be distributed to community groups in the NT.
The Queensland government has announced a similar project for the Northern Rivers region.