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Piero Di Lorenzo – IRBM fights the Coronavirus in its labs La7 Di Martedì – 17th March

ENGLISH TRANSCRIPT

GIOVANNI FLORIS:

It’s coming, this one isn’t on Skype, it should be coming

PIERO DI LORENZO:

The bad one is this red one, […] the corona, after which it is named, and which is the contagious part, the one that causes the harm.

REPORT NARRATOR

Here at the IRBM in Pomezia they are fighting the Coronavirus in laboratories like these, where they created the Ebola vaccine and the one for Covid-19 is almost ready.

PIERO DI LORENZO:

This is the first corridor of the isolated laboratory.

INTERVIEWER:

Can’t we go in to do some filming?

PIERO DI LORENZO:

No, absolutely not, it takes an hour to go in and an hour to come out.

INTERVIEWER:

Because that’s where you’re developing what will then be tested?

PIERO DI LORENZO:

That’s where the vials with the vaccine come from.

REPORT NARRATOR

Here are the vials, the vaccine is working in vitro, antibodies are produced. But it needs to be tested on living beings.

PIERO DI LORENZO:

We’re starting by producing 1000 doses to be used for animal testing on mice. We’ll be ready by June, we hope there will be no need to skip the protocols established by the authorities.

INTERVIEWER:

Because it would mean the situation is bad?

PIERO DI LORENZO:

It would mean that the epidemic is becoming more dangerous than we thought.

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