Italian researchers have revealed plans to test a vaccine on humans after claiming their jab is the ‘first in the world’ to neutralize the virus.

Scientists gave mice the jab – which is being developed by Rome-based Takis Biotech – and took the antibodies they made in response.
Antibodies are substances produced by the immune system to remember how to fight off a specific infection and are vital for immunity.
Preliminary results from lab tests showed the antibodies created in test mice were able to stop human cells from being infected with the coronavirus.

Takis chief executive Luigi Aurisicchio revealed the Italian team plans to start trials in the autumn, as scientists race to halt the pandemic.