Coronavirus vaccine update: How far along is the research? | COVID-19 Special
Human trials of potential COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine expected to begin in a month and a half.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, vaccinations are likely to start even a little earlier..
It is also known that on the eve of the White House asked Congress for additional funding in the amount of $ 1.25 billion. to regulate the situation with the coronavirus. This amount includes the development of a vaccine and therapeutic agents for the treatment of infection.. National Institute of Health in partnership with a biotech company Moderna is developing a medicine using an active strain of coronavirus.
Hopes for getting a vaccine are high, but doctors urge not to get hopeful and wait for concrete results. Developing, testing and analyzing any potential vaccine is a long, complex and costly job that can take months or even years., say world health experts. Before researchers can begin human trials, they must have a clear understanding of the pathogen, conduct safety tests, and find sufficient numbers of human volunteers..
Fauci said on Tuesday that the potential vaccine has so far only been tested in mice and is «immunogenic».
He also noted that the medicine may not solve all problems in a couple of months, but it will certainly become an important tool for the final victory over the infection. Fauci does not deny that the virus will turn out to be seasonal and will loosen its grip with the arrival of spring.
There are currently no proven treatments for COVID-19, which has killed at least 2,763 and infected more than 81,000 people worldwide since it first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan about two months ago..
Local authorities in China use Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug Remdesivir, which has been tested as a possible treatment during the Ebola outbreak. Some countries also use the antiviral drug Kaletra, developed by AbbVie..
In the United States, there is a serious fear of an epidemic. The country had 53 confirmed cases on Monday, most of which came from passengers flown in from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan.. The data shows that 36 cases of the disease occurred on the ship. Three patients were infected in Wuhan and later evacuated to the United States, while the rest were mostly infected while traveling abroad..
Only two cases of infection occurred through personal contact within the United States.
«Current circumstances suggest this virus is likely to cause a pandemic», – Anne Schuchat, First Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told reporters at a briefing.
«It’s not about how many more people will get sick, but about when it will happen.» – she added.