China finds success in cure for COVID-19?
The COVID-19 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) virus has put lives on hold. Practicing social distancing and quarantining in homes is now an unfortunate norm. While is gets hard for the loved ones to stay apart, after almost 5 months of being discovered, we are not any closer to getting over it. However, in a glimmer of hope, the Chinese seem to have tested a successful vaccine on an Indian Monkey. The Times of India reports the story.
PiCoVacc, an inactivated COVID 19 vaccine candidate made by Beijing-based Sinovac Biotech, has shown promising results as the experimental vaccine could help protect the rhesus macaques, a type of monkey originating in India, from the virus.
How China carried out the test vaccine for COVID-19!
So, the virus is actually SARS-CoV2 that takes three weeks to cultivate in the body before it turns into COVID-19. The research teams in China expose the Indian Monkey breed, rhesus macaques, to SARS-CoV2. Then, they inject the monkey with PiCoVacc. This vaccine successfully creates anti-bodies. It also shows that according to reports, the virus did not remain in the lungs after the vaccine is injected.
Another thing the reports mentions is that the monkeys who did not have the vaccine actually got sick.
The monkeys that were not given the vaccine developed severe pneumonia.
To get human test subjects, however, can prove to be difficult. China is one of the few countries who are now recovering from the COVID-19 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) outbreak. Meanwhile, other countries continue to suffer. After the dire effects in Italy, it seems to have cleared out there too. Unfortunately, these tests can prove to be unsuccessful as there are several tests going around the world but, we have yet to find substantial success.
We know this is not much but, any positive news with regards to COVID-19 is good enough for now. Stay home and stay safe, people!