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COVID-19: British American Tobacco saving the world in the face of the pandemic?

COVID-19: British American Tobacco saving the world in the face of the pandemic?

Here is a piece of news that could well make critics of the tobacco industry jump. As the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) continues to claim victims around the world, British American Tobacco (BAT) announced a few days ago that one of its subsidiaries was working on a potential vaccine against the coronavirus using tobacco leaves.


TOBACCO LEAVES TO VACCINE AGAINST COVID-19?


Surprising? Well not that much! A few days ago now British American Tobacco (BAT) very officially announced that one of its subsidiaries was working on a potential vaccine against the coronavirus using tobacco leaves.

In the pre-clinical testing phase, the vaccine has not yet been approved. If its effectiveness is confirmed, British American Tobacco (BAT) claims to be able to produce between 1 and 3 million doses per week from June, in collaboration " with governments and third-party manufacturers ».
It is its American biotech subsidiary, Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP), who managed to clone part of the Covid-19 sequence. This then allowed him to develop a molecule allowing the creation of antibodies capable of protecting against the virus.

 » We believe we have made significant progress with our tobacco leaf technology platform and are ready to work with governments and all stakeholders to help win the war against Covid-19  "- David O'Reilly - Scientific Research Director (BAT)

In order to be exploitable and to be reproduced, this molecule is injected into tobacco leaves, a method that BAT claims can be more effective than traditional techniques. This step of the process would take six weeks instead of several months.

In 2014, Kentucky BioProcessing, before being bought by British American Tobacco, had developed a vaccine against Ebola. The latter, however, remained at an experimental stage.

Source : Lesechos.fr/

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