Scientists at the Rome-based Takis Biotech have tested the jab on mice and took the antibodies they made in response.
The early results from the lab tests show the antibodies created could stop human cells being infected with COVID-19.
But the Italian tests are still weeks behind the UK, with a team at Oxford University already trialing a coronavirus vaccine on humans, with plans to have millions of doses ready by September.
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