Clinical trials for Corona Virus Vaccine Begins” – U.S Public Health Official

U.S Health Official | The economies are tanking, schools and universities have closed till April and there is a shortage of toilet paper in the West. As per the World health Organization, Corona Virus infections have grown to more than 153,000 with over 6,400 people killed worldwide.

The World Health Organization, in response to the rapid spread of the Novel Corona Virus has officially recognized it as a pandemic.

With virtually every country reporting a case every now and then, the most important question is, “When will a Corona Virus vaccine become available?

Around 35 bio-tech companies and academic institutions around the world are engaged in developing a vaccine for the novel Corona Virus.

According to a U.S government official, clinical trials evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the novel Corona Virus will begin on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Participant in the trial will receive experimental vaccine on Monday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the trial has not been publicly announced yet.

The trial is being financed by National Institute of Health, which is taking place at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, the official said.

As per U.S Public health officials, it will take a year to 18 months to fully validate any potential vaccine.

Testing will commence with 45 young, healthy volunteers with different doses of shots co-developed by NIH and Moderna Inc. There is no chance participants could get infected from the shots, because they don’t contain the virus itself. The goal, in essence, is to check that the vaccines show no alarming side effects, setting the stage for larger testing.

This unprecedented speed is thanks in large part to early Chinese efforts to sequence the genetic material of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

China shared that sequence in early January, allowing research groups around the world to grow the live virus and study how it invades human cells and makes people sick.

For most people, the new Corona Virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three weeks to six weeks to recover.

The World Health Organization  WHO has prescribed the following measures to avoid contracting the corona virus,

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets,
    including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

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