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Coronavirus: Co Armagh scientist at the centre of efforts to produce Covid-19 vaccine

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Dr Paul Duprex from the Centre for Vaccine Research in Pittsburgh

Dr Paul Duprex from the Centre for Vaccine Research in Pittsburgh

Scientists research for a Covid-19 cure

Scientists research for a Covid-19 cure

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Dr Paul Duprex from the Centre for Vaccine Research in Pittsburgh

A team of experts led by a Northern Ireland scientist is at the centre of efforts in the race to produce a vaccine for Covid-19.

While some trials - operating under the "warp speed" of the US Government - are poised to start mass testing on humans, the University of Pittsburgh team led by Lurgan-born Dr Paul Duprex is using a more tried and tested method as its platform.

The Center for Vaccine Research at the university - renowned as the home base of Dr Jonas Salk, the father of polio immunisation - is using the measles vaccine as its platform.