(NewsReady.com) – There’s a great deal of effort going into the development of a COVID-19 cure. It’s easy to overlook vaccination research while our attention is focused on sick patients and the damage it’s doing to our economy. President Donald Trump has pushed hard for speeding up research. Here’s where scientists are at right now.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is tracking eight candidates to help in the endeavor of finding a potential vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recently spoke about these efforts during a live stream. He hopes more than one of these vaccine development projects is successful to make the cure more widely available on a shorter timeline.
"There are at least 8 candidate Covid-19 vaccines in clinical development."
Dr. Anthony Fauci explained timeline for treatments of novel coronavirus pic.twitter.com/32i3d6wJrX
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As Fauci mentioned, the timeframes of vaccination trials have been accelerated. One of these candidates, mRNA-1273, developed by Moderna, just cleared the FDA’s approval for phase-2 testing. Additionally, Pfizer started phase-1 testing its candidate on Monday, May 11.
This is as much an international effort as it is an American one.
Oxford University’s Jenner Institute will also begin vaccination testing soon as they call for over 6,000 volunteers and hope to have millions of doses ready in fall if successful. Also, European Union (EU) leaders, world leaders, nonprofit organizations, and even celebrities had a virtual conference Monday. They decided to allocate $8 billion in new laboratory funding towards COVID-19 research endeavors.
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