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Bangkok (VNA)
– Thailand reported one more fatality of the COVID-19 on May 25, raising the total to 57.

On the day, the country confirmed two new infections, of them one had close contacts with a patient, and the other returned from Russia.

A total of 3,042 cases have been reported in Thailand so far, with 2,928 given the all-clear.

Although the COVID-19 situation in Thailand has shown positive developments, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on May 22 adopted the National Security Council’s proposal of extending the state of emergency until June 30.

The proposal responds to developments of the global pandemic and allows time for the preparation of further lockdown easing at the start of next month.

Thailand has also taken one step forward towards developing a vaccine for the disease.

Director of the Chulalongkorn University's Centre of Excellence in Vaccine Research and Development, Dr Nakorn Premsri said that vaccine development involves the synthesising of messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) in monkeys, which began on May 23. The trial will last three months and is expected to finish in late August.

If the trial is successful, the research team will use the best viable antibodies from these primates to produce 10,000 doses of vaccine for human trials.

"That will kickstart the test in humans, which will see at least 5,000 volunteers receive two injections each," he said./.