Coronavirus First Vaccine Test on US Volunteer
Coronavirus vaccine has been created by the US to eliminate the coronavirus.
Doctors have started human trials of this vaccine.
The first human trial of a vaccine to shield against pandemic coronavirus has started in the US.
The vaccine cannot cause Covid-19 but contains a harmless genetic code copied from the virus that causes the disease. Experts say it'll still take many months to understand if this vaccine, or others also in research, will work. The first person to urge the jab on Monday was a 43-year-old mother-of-two from Seattle.
"This is an incredible opportunity on behalf of me to try and do something," Jennifer Haller told AP. Scientists around the world are fast-tracking research. And this first human trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, sidesteps a make sure would normally be conducted - ensuring the vaccine can trigger an immune reaction in animals.
But the biotechnology company behind the work, Moderna Therapeutics, says the vaccine has been made employing a tried and tested process.
Dr. John Tregoning, an expert in infectious diseases at Imperial College London, UK, said: "This vaccine uses pre-existing technology. "It's been made to a very high standard, using things that we all know are safe to use in people and people taking part in the trial will be very closely monitored. "Yes, this can be in no time - but it's a race against the virus, not against each other as scientists, and it's being done for the advantage of humanity."
“It’s happened, the first injection was today.”— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 16, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci on today’s news that U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine pic.twitter.com/X4ivCPIhv3
Typical vaccines for viruses, like measles, are made up of a weakened or killed virus. But the mRNA-1273 vaccine isn't made up of the virus that causes Covid-19.
Instead, it includes a brief segment of genetic code copied from the virus that scientists are ready to make during a laboratory.
This will hopefully prime the body's own immune system to fight back the important infection.