Pennsylvania Doctors May Have Just Found A Way To Beat The Corona Virus
Many of us are practically stuck in our homes for the next month, either working from home or in the worst case laid off due to the economy. But this could all change in the coming months as doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are already moving up to human testing with a vaccine that could soon innoculate us all from the Corona Virus.
Doctors and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center "began working on it Jan. 21 and found mice had developed antibodies against COVID-19 about two weeks after receiving the vaccine. They said they based the vaccine on work previously done at UPMC that sought to create vaccines to protect against SARS and MERS, which they said are similar to the new coronavirus.
National experts have been saying it will take 12-18 months until a vaccine to fight COVID-19 is available. The UPMC researchers said their timetable will depend on approvals and feedback from the federal government..."
“Testing in patients would typically require at least a year and probably longer,” said Dr. Falo. “This particular situation is different from anything we’ve ever seen, so we don’t know how long the clinical development process will take. Recently announced revisions to the normal processes suggest we may be able to advance this faster.”
"The vaccine, which is delivered through a fingertip-sized patch, produces what is thought to be enough antibodies to neutralize the virus. Researchers said viruses closely related to the new coronavirus show that spike proteins are important when it comes to inducing immunity. The potential vaccine works like the current flu vaccine in that it uses lab-made pieces of viral protein to build immunity.
"It’s actually pretty painless. It feels kind of like Velcro,” said Louis Falo, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of dermatology at Pitt’s School of Medicine and UPMC."
So hopefully they will be given permission to expedite the process and so we can all get back to normal sooner than later.