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Scientists are racing to get the vaccine on the market in record time

 

An American biotech company says it created a coronavirus vaccine three hours after getting access to the virus' genetic sequence in mid-January, and now scientists are racing to get the vaccine on the market in record time.

 

Inovio Pharmaceuticals is based in Pennsylvania, but scientists in its laboratory in San Diego made the discovery.

 

"We were able to rapidly construct our vaccine in a matter of about three hours once we had the DNA sequence from the virus available because of the power of our DNA medicine platform," Dr. J. Joseph Kim, Inovio's president and CEO, told FOX Business. "Our goal is to start phase one human testing in the U.S. early this summer."

 

China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized.

 

Inovio's stock jumped to $5.32 a share a few days after the company announced it was selected to work on a coronavirus vaccine.

 

The American company is partnering with Beijing Advaccine, a Chinese company, to work on the vaccine. Inovio also received $9 million to work on the vaccine from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which is backed by billionaire Bill Gates.

 

 

"We’ve done this many, many times before. The most relevant was building our vaccine against MERS virus, which is a coronavirus in the same family as COVID-19," Kim said.

 

Inovio took a vaccine for Zika virus from construct design to human testing in the U.S. in less than seven months, Kim said.

 

"We’re planning to beat our own record," he said. "Maybe we could do that in close to half that time."

 

Inovio is building a coalition for the "war" against COVID-19 that will require scaling up to thousands upon thousands of doses, Kim said.

 

Another U.S. company, Maryland-based Novavax, is aiming to make a coronavirus vaccine in as little as three months, although such vaccines can take years to develop. The company made an Ebola vaccine in 90 days.

 

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6 minutes ago, dufus said:

Chinese general with bioweapons background takes leading role in coronavirus fight

An effective war needs an experienced general.  🙂 

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A laboratory in the United States has produced the most detailed images to date of the novel coronavirus currently spreading across the globe. The digitally colorized images illustrate the crown-like appearance of the virus, now officially named SARS-CoV-2 due to its similarity to the 2002 SARS virus.

 

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 – also known as 2019-nCoV – the virus that causes COVID-19

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 – also known as 2019-nCoV – the virus that causes COVID-19

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"We were able to rapidly construct our vaccine in a matter of about three hours once we had the DNA sequence from the virus available because of the power of our DNA medicine platform," Dr. J. Joseph Kim, Inovio's president and CEO, told FOX Business. "Our goal is to start phase one human testing in the U.S. early this summer."

Does it mean: we have a vaccine but we don't know if it works; the test will start in Summer.

Sorry to say but a vaccine, or whatever medicine, restricted in a lab is useless, it has to be in the field to treat patients.

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6 hours ago, mp68terr said:

Sorry to say but a vaccine, or whatever medicine, restricted in a lab is useless, it has to be in the field to treat patients.

All children spend time in a mother's womb before being useful.  Such is the importance of laboratories in developing vaccines or medicines. 

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Yes, labs need time to develop vaccines or medicines.

Unfortunately, time is not something patients have now.

Test of this candidate vaccine will start in early Summer, maybe delivered in early Autumn, we are mid February. If the inovio vaccine is efficient, let's use it now. If the inovio vaccine needs tests (=not efficient now), let's hope that the solution to save lives will meanwhile/soon come from somewhere else.

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26 minutes ago, mp68terr said:

If the inovio vaccine is efficient, let's use it now.

Laypersons have opinions.  Experts have expertise.  Each in its own place makes harmony.  🙂

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7 hours ago, mp68terr said:

Does it mean: we have a vaccine but we don't know if it works; the test will start in Summer.

Sorry to say but a vaccine, or whatever medicine, restricted in a lab is useless, it has to be in the field to treat patients.

 "More than 80 clinical trials launch to test coronavirus treatments"

Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00444-3

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"China has launched a National cloud learning platform and started broadcasting primary school classes to ensure the country's 180 million students can still keep learning even though schools are closed, according to state-run news agency Xinhua."

 Source: https://www.technologyreview.com/f/615240/chinas-students-will-now-study-online-because-coronavirus-has-shut-schools/

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45 minutes ago, rasbridge said:

 "More than 80 clinical trials launch to test coronavirus treatments"

Good news! And interesting article about the emergency state, China/WHO collaboration.

Then what the point for Fox Business to care for a vaccine that will be tested from early Summer? :dunno:

 

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