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Hungarian uni partners with Austrian biotech company on coronavirus vaccine

Researchers at the University of Pécs are partnering with Austriaʼs CEBINA (Central European Biotech Incubator and Accelerator) to develop a coronavirus vaccine, state news wire MTI reports.

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The consortium is working on a "third-generation" vaccine different from others under development, the university said. Phase I clinical tests could be conducted as soon as 2021, it added.

The university said both partners in the endeavor have sufficient backing.

In a separate statement released on Thursday, CEBINA said it had received seed funding for its extended-spectrum coronavirus vaccine project from the Blom Family Office.

 CEBINA founder Dr. Eszter Nagy said a collaboration with Professor Ferenc Jakab, a virologist at the University of Pécs, would "greatly strengthen" efforts to produce a vaccine.