US Jumpstarts Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Today

US Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

As Coronavirus outbreak continues to spread vividly, refusing to die down, creating a vaccine for the epidemic is still miles away. However, shedding a ray of hope, United Stated has officially reported starting its vaccine trial from Monday, 16th March. 

The US Government officials stated that on Monday, the first person will be participating in the vaccine trial. The trial is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is taking place at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, situated in Seattle. But acquiring a potential vaccine still seems to be 12-18 months away, according to public health officials. 

45 young, healthy volunteers are scheduled to take part in the trial initially. These people will be given different dosages of shots, which are developed by both NIH and Moderna Inc. The vaccine shots do not have the COVID-19 virus, which is why there is no chance of infecting these individuals participating in the trial. 

The trial will further reveal if the vaccine can have any possible side effects on the individuals. And if positive results come out of the trial, it can help in staging larger tests in coming future. The United States is not the only nation to have started its propaganda of a vaccine, but several other countries and research groups have been working day and night to get a vaccine as soon as possible. 

As the situation over the entire world worsens, research groups are banking on different types of vaccines, shots being developed from new technologies offer faster production of the vaccine, and might as well be more potent than traditional inoculation. Temporary vaccines are also being looked into, which might protect people for a month or two, buying some time for the potential cure to be developed. 

The moderate symptoms of Coronavirus are general fever and cough; while it can be severe for older peoples and individuals with existing health issues, which can turn as bad as Pneumonia. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) people affected by the virus take up to 2 weeks to recover, but the severe cases might take up to three to six weeks for acquiring full recovery. 

The pandemic Coronavirus has gripped the world with fear, taking the lives of over 6,500 people and infecting over 170 thousand people globally. China was the epicenter and the origin of the COVID-19 outbreak, a current grave condition in Europe has forced WHO to declare it as the current epicenter with a more number of new cases being registered on a daily basis than China recorded in the peak of its outbreak.

Sukanya Chakraborty

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