(ReliableNews.org) – As of April 4, more than 275,000 people in the US have tested positive for COVID-19, and nearly 8,000 of them have died. Globally, over a million people have contracted the virus. This is leading scientists all over the world to race to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus and save lives. Now, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine may have discovered something.
On April 2, the scientists reported they’d developed a vaccine candidate to fight the coronavirus. The findings were published in the eBioMedicine journal on TheLancet.com. The University explained how the potential vaccine will work:
Today, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine @PittHealthSci scientists announced a potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the #COVID19 pandemic. https://t.co/ILW4IQfou7 pic.twitter.com/Y7l0SifBtn
— UPMC (@UPMCnews) April 2, 2020
Scientists who worked on the vaccine also worked on viruses that are closely related to COVID-19 (also known as SARS-CoV-2). Specifically, they had experience with MERS-CoV in 2014 and SARS-CoV in 2003. Associate Professor of Surgery Andrea Gambotto explained the researchers knew that a spike protein helps the body induce immunity, so they started with that. They believe the vaccine they developed and tested on mice, “produces antibodies” that’ll neutralize the virus.
The school’s researchers will now ask the FDA to grant them investigational new drug approval. Once they receive that, they can begin human drug trials which would take about a year. Even though the potential vaccine is a long way from being put to use, its mere existence can give us all some hope. This discovery once again proves that the US has some of the best scientists in the world.
Copyright 2020, ReliableNews.org