Coronavirus vaccine: when will there be one?

In March this year, the World Health Organization announced COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. COVID-19 is the disease which put the whole sports world on hold. At present, more than 2 million people are infected, borders are closed, public and sports events are suspended or cancelled. The authorities continue to urge people to self-isolate. Currently, several countries are working at the development of a vaccine against COVID-19, and a few of them reached certain success. Melbet suggests guessing the time when the vaccine will be ready and placing a bet.

Pharma giants and scientific institutions all over the world teamed up in order to study the disease and develop the vaccine. However, the search for cure started looking like a race. Thus, for example, the US made an attempt to buy CureVac, a German biotechnology company, in order to get an exclusive access to COVID-19 vaccine.

We all witness how vulnerable our world is to new viruses. Certain groups of people, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions, chronic diseases and compromised immune status, are at greater risk.

The development of any vaccine goes through 6 main stages: exploratory, preclinical, clinical, regulatory review and approval, manufacturing, quality control.

March 16, NIAID (Seattle) and Moderna (Massachusetts) announced the beginning of human trials of the vaccine mRNA-1273. Prior to that, the vaccine had been successfully tested on animals. 45 volunteers were selected for future trials and this is just the beginning of safety and efficacy testing. It is said that in Moderna’s vaccine there is no pathogen, but a genetic form of the virus’ genome. Other companies involved in the process of vaccine development in the US are Arcturus Therapeutics, Johnson & Johnson, Inovio Pharmaceuticals. In Europe there are BioNTech, CureVac. In Russia COVID-19 vaccine is being developed in the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology. China is planning to start clinical trials soon. mRNA-1273 is the first vaccine that reached the human clinical studies stage.

Usually the development of a vaccine takes to 10 or 15 years. However, in extreme conditions the period can be shorter. WHO announced the pandemic on March 11 and already on March 16 the human clinical studies started. Only 5 days later! Will the vaccine be ready till the 1st of May? There is a slight chance. Nevertheless, we would like to give it more time at least till the 1st of September. Melbet offers to place a bet!

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