Uzbekistan creates 'tomato' vaccine against COVID-19

13:38, 27 August 2021
Uzbekistan creates 'tomato' vaccine against COVID-19

Uzbek scientists have developed an edible vaccine against COVID-19 using raw tomatoes, which contain antibodies of coronavirus, the local TV channel Sevimli reported.

"We introduced coronavirus into the plant cell by cloning. After the patient eats a "vaccinated tomato," it enters the human body, and antibodies are released from the tomato cells," the specialist of the Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan said.

Uzbek scientists have been working on the project since January this year. Tomato seedlings that were grown in the laboratory bear fruit in two months. 

They chose tomatoes and cucumbers because these vegetables are usually eaten without thermal treatment. According to the researchers, the "tomato" vaccine should be taken without cooking because at high temperatures cells producing antibodies get destroyed, and such a vaccine becomes useless. 

Earlier, Uzbek Health Minister Ibrahim Abdurakhmanov said that the International Center for Allergology in Uzbekistan is working on an anti-coronavirus project when cows get inoculated, and immunoglobin-A could emerge in their milk.

Russian scientists have been reportedly developing a mucosal vaccine against coronavirus in a form of fruit-flavored candy and chewing gum. Canadian scientists also worked on creating herbal plant-based injections.