Countries around the world are looking for ways to fight coronavirus, including studying and making vaccines and drugs.
In his March 19 press conference, President Trump asked the Food and Drug Administration to investigate whether anti-malarial drug chloroquine could work against the virus. The WHO said in February that there was no proof that the drug is effective against coronavirus.
Scientists in China said a drug in Japan that treats different influenza strains could be used against coronavirus. The drug, favipiravir, had encouraging outcomes during clinical trials in China. According to scientists, the drug could be ready as early as May.
According to the Guardian, 35 firms are working to put out a virus and many companies have been testing non-stop. Moderna, a Boston-based firm, will begin human trials soon. China began sequencing the genetics of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus. With that sequencing, researchers around the world have a head start on the vaccine. Covid-19 shares 80-90% of genetic material with Sars.
“The speed with which we have [produced these candidates] builds very much on the investment in understanding how to develop vaccines for other coronaviruses,” Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Oslo-based nonprofit the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) told the Guardian.
But making vaccines is a slow process, involving multiple clinical steps designed to keep patients safe. “Like most vaccinologists, I don’t think this vaccine will be ready before 18 months,” says Annelies Wilder-Smith, professor of emerging infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told the Guardian.
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