As coronavirus continues to sweep the United States, unemployment has hit record highs. People across the country are staying inside in observance of social distancing requirements. And a new coronavirus vaccine from Pittsburgh has been peer-reviewed.

As of April 2, more than 6.6 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the wake of spreading coronavirus. The Labor Department reported that 10 million people had lost their jobs between March 16 and April 2.

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The first peer-reviewed studies of a possible coronavirus vaccine were released in the United States.  The University of Pittsburgh tested a vaccine that creates a high enough number of antibodies to “neutralize” the virus within two weeks of injection. The authors will apply to the Food and Drug Administration to get investigational drug approval.

A vaccine in a Seattle lab was developed and dozens of others are in the works around the globe, but this is the first one with outside peer review. The Pittsburgh scientists used knowledge of both Sars and Mers viruses to help develop the coronavirus vaccine.

According to Andrea Gambotto, associate professor of surgery at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine, “These two viruses, which are closely related to [Covid-19], teach us that a particular protein, called a spike protein, is important for inducing immunity against the virus. We knew exactly where to fight this new virus.”

Another Professor working alongside Gambotto, Professor Falo, said testing in humans would “typically require at least a year and probably longer.”

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Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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