Researchers from Imperial College London are hopeful that they’re close to creating a COVID-19 vaccine after they’ve done successful tests on mice, and they say that they could start human trials as soon as June this year!
Dr. Paul McKay, one of the researchers, told the Dialy Express that they’ve made a vaccine and already tested it in mice. They’ve got the results a month later, and say that the vaccine works really well.
He added that they now need the government to fund them to do human clinical trials.
According to the scientists, though, it’s most likely that it would take a year or so before the vaccine would be available to patients. The team of researchers, led by Mucosal Infection and Immunity head Dr. Robin Shattock, had applied for more funding to help get the vaccine up and running, and Dr. McKay said that if they get the funding for the human clinical trials, they will put it into people by June.
The World Health Organization said last night that Europe was now the epicenter of the pandemic, with more reported cases than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. The sad news, though, is that more cases are now being reported in Europe every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic.
WHO’s message to countries is that they must take a comprehensive approach, and any country that looks at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks that it can’t happen to them is making a huge mistake!