Coronavirus Vaccine is Closer than we thought?
A new health issue suddenly alarmed the whole world. Organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) even called it a global emergency. The coronavirus has been wreaking havoc around the world. Originating from China, the disease is something we do not know much about. Even though it has flu-like symptoms and is not completely fatal, it’s still a new strain of the virus that could mutate at any time. As of now, there are only 25 countries affected and over 45 thousand people suffering from it. Now, everyone is desperate to know the answer to the question: is there a cure for coronavirus? Well, here’s what we know about the coronavirus vaccine and cure.
There is no cure as of now
A cure for such a complicated new strain virus such as the novel coronavirus (nCoV) is going to be difficult to create. It would probably take years of research and experimenting to come up with the right vaccines.
Research into the coronavirus vaccine is taking place
There is some good news! Apparently, a new vaccine is being tested at mice in the UK. The researchers at the institution of Imperial College London shared this:
At the moment we have just put the vaccine that we’ve generated from these bacteria into mice. We’re hoping that over the next few weeks we’ll be able to determine the response that we can see in those mice, in their blood, their antibody response to the coronavirus.
The whole world’s scientific community and medical care specialists are rushing to find a vaccine and cure for the coronavirus. The thing to note here is that the virus is that the coronavirus already did exist, it’s just this new strain that we know not much about.
Apparently, a Chinese news agency has also talked about there being a vaccine that they are testing out on mice there. But there is no official confirmation that this is, in fact, happening.
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Finding the coronavirus vaccine is not easy
It is a complicated process of finding the vaccine for coronavirus. The researchers must first find a proper vaccine after months and years of testing. The testing process consists of two stages. First, the researchers test out the vaccines on animals. Then clinical trials are conducted on human patients.
Moreover, once it passes all these steps, there has to be a process set in place that ensures that we can easily mass-produce the vaccine.
The UK researchers did share that it was their goal to ensure they get to the human clinical trial process. They shared that once they get to that step, things will start looking hopeful.
It is a collaborative race between different universities, medical health professionals and researchers. The fund for the vaccine for coronavirus is under the CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations). This group enables the universities and the drug companies of the world to combat serious diseases. Their aim is to create new vaccines as soon as possible.
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