Covid-19 Vaccine: Could This Be a Massive Breakthrough?
Covid-19 vaccine is still many months away but researchers may have found a crucial piece of knowledge that can help them develop this vaccine
Experts in the UK have suggested that the Covid-19 vaccine could be 12-18 months away. While clinical trials of the vaccine had began in mid March 2020, the actual vaccine may not be seen for a while. Aggressive testing, isolation and social distancing are the only ways to control the spread of the virus at the moment, say medical experts. Covid-19 is spread through droplets and some researches are now suggesting that it can be even spread through air.
In a report in Yahoo News, it was reported that Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News that "because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak, as opposed to coughing and sneezing". Dr. Fauci was speaking in reference to the usage of masks.
Scripps Research, in La Jolla, California, may have found an 'Achilles Heel' of the novel coronavirus. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Scripps Research has published a study in a journal called Science where they identified a spot in the virus that could be a 'weak spot'. It could be targeted via drugs and different types of therapies and it could also help in the development of a vaccine.
Important news in #vaccine design from Prof Ian Wilson’s lab, as structural studies of an #antibody recovered from a #SARS survivor in the early 2000s reveal a potential vulnerability of the novel #coronavirus https://t.co/rPoOS5fXs3 @ScienceMagazine @hholdenthorp #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/mWBoQXZTlo— Scripps Research (@scrippsresearch) April 3, 2020
The San Diego Union Tribune stated that researches are looking for COVID-19 survivors who "would be willing to donate some of their blood, which would then be screened for potentially useful antibodies".
There are currently over 1 million people in the world who have been infected by the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China in late December 2019. The rest of the world also began seeing cases by end of January 2019 and it has currently been declared a pandemic by World Health Organization. The United States, Europe and the United Kingdom have been hardest hit by the virus, especially the United States which has seen a massive rise in cases in the past two weeks. The United States has 277,475 cases of Covid-19 with 7,402 deaths.