Imperiled by the Chinese and then saved by the Chinese? Though, one must wonder just a tad about all of this as it is rather unusual to develop a vaccine for a new virus at the snap of the fingers. But, wonders will never cease!! One assumes, however, that we the plebians may be the last to receive the vaccine and the antidote be given to our superiors long prior? Or, perhaps, being more realistic the cure may end up being far more deadly over time than the disease? We sure should trust the pharma and vaccine industry, should we not??
The race is on to develop a new vaccine for novel coronavirus, and leading the pack is Professor Yuen Kwok-yung and his team from the University of Hong Kong (H.K.U.), which reportedly already somehow developed a vaccine that’s just awaiting testing.
The chair of infectious diseases at H.K.U., Yuen told reporters that he and his colleagues were able to isolate the new virus from his city’s first imported case and transform it into a vaccine that, upon being tested and approved, can be publicly released.
“We have already produced the vaccine, but it will take a long time to test on animals,” Yuen is quoted as saying, without giving an exact timeframe for when these tests might be completed. He did, however, indicate that the testing phase on animals usually takes a few months, followed by at least another year to conduct human clinical trials.
Yuen says he based his new vaccine on a nasal spray influenza vaccine that he previously developed. By simply modifying this earlier vaccine with part of the surface antigen of novel coronavirus, Yuen and his team believe they’ve cracked the code.
But, again, it will take years, more than likely, for the thing to be officially approved. And by that time, there’s no telling how many people will already have developed coronavirus as this global emergency intensifies with each passing day.
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National Institutes of Health also working on a coronavirus vaccine
The Navy Times is also reporting that the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) is involved in developing a vaccine for novel coronavirus, using similar methods of Yuen.
Because M.E.R.S. (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and the more well-known S.A.R.S. (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) are both relatives of novel coronavirus – and scientists have already been working on vaccines for those – the plan is to borrow from what’s already been developed to target those in creating a new vaccine for coronavirus.
“Scientists are just getting started working, but their vaccine development strategy will benefit both from work that has been done on closely related viruses, such as S.A.R.S. and M.E.R.S., as well as advances that have been made in vaccine technologies, such as nucleic acid vaccines, which are DNA- and RNA-based vaccines that produce the vaccine antigen in your own body,” the Navy Times reports.