Dr Nita Patel, Director of Antibody discovery and Vaccine development, lifts a vial with a potential COVID-19 vaccine at Novavax labs in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Agence France-Presse
This has reference to your report, “Italian researchers claim world’s first coronavirus vaccine” (May 6). Billions of citizens across the world, irrespective of religion, ideology, caste and creed, wait with bated breath, for scientists to discover a vaccine to fight coronavirus. Never before, has the discovery of a new product, been so critical. Over a hundred research institutions are burning the midnight oil to find a vaccine including the Oxford University, Massachusetts-based Moderna, Beijing-based Sinovac, Biotech Pfizer and BioNtech, Inovio Pharmaceuticals and the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG).
Recent news from researchers at Oxford University gives some hope that a vaccine for COVID-19 could be ready as early as this fall. But as with test kits, N95 masks and ventilators, the demand will far exceed the supply — at least initially. So, who should be first in line for a vaccination once it is available?
A World Health Organisation (WHO) top-level official has estimated that the vaccine against the SARS-CoV2-causing Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) would only be available in two-and-a half years time.
When pharmaceutical company Moderna issued a press release about the promising results of its Phase I clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine, the media and the markets went wild. The New York Times ran a story that went viral on Twitter, racking up millions of views as social media influencers and doctors alike shared it far and wide. Moderna’s stock price shot up 20 per cent and several peer companies like Novavax rallied even higher at more than 30 per cent.
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