Tuesday, May 24

Palm oil-based vaccine that helps prolong immunity of livestock

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KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) will soon produce the world’s first palm oil-based vaccine aimed at prolonging the immunity of livestock.

The vaccine, which will be produced with the cooperation of local bio-technology company, One Biotech, is capable of protecting livestock from infectious diseases for a period of between six and 12 months, as compared with only three to four weeks protection provided by existing vaccines.

Research project leader Associate Professor Dr Ahmad Fuad Shamsuddin said the use of the vaccine would reduce the livestock breeder’s cost in recruiting workers, as well as time and energy consumption.

“We expect the production of the vaccine to be completed in another six to nine months,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UKM and One Biotech here yesterday.

The MoU was inked by UKM deputy vice-chancellor (Research and Innovation Affairs) Professor Dr Rahmah Mohamed and One Biotech chief executive officer Dr Mazlan Mohamad.

Ahmad Fuad said the palm oil nanoemulsion adjuvant produced by UKM would be combined with the antigen provided by One Biotech to produce the vaccine.

He said the vaccine would later be tested on ducks, besides undergoing several other stability tests.

The vaccine would also eliminate all doubts among users, as it was made of palm oil, as compared to other vaccines in the market which mostly used
animal fat, he added. — Bernama