Coronavirus Vaccine: ‘Dozen’s of Scientists Working’ According to Johnson & Johnson
The Coronavirus continues to spread throughout China at an impressive rate. So impressive is the spread that China is popping up hospitals in matters of days, rather than years. As it stands today, 81 people have died in China, mostly in the epicenter of the illness, Wuhan. The U.S. government continues to execute massive evacuations throughout. Some believe that China is covering up the real coronavirus infection/death totals. At least 16 cities, including Wuhan, are completely locked down in one of the largest quarantines in modern history.
As fear over coronavirus increases, so does the need for a solution. Johnson & Johnson’s chief scientific officer, Dr. Paul Stoffels claims that his company can create a coronavirus vaccine within months. That said, he doesn’t feel confident that it could go to market for another year. S
“We have dozens of scientists working on this so we’re pretty confident we can get something made that will work and stay active for the longer term,” said Stoffels, also vice-chairman of the executive committee, in a “Squawk Box” interview.
Stoffel says that the company began work on a coronavirus vaccine two weeks ago.
“We’ll see in the next few weeks how this goes,” he added.
Some people find the quick coronavirus vaccine response to be unsettling. Theories of international biological warfare and virus seeding are rampant on Twitter following J&J’s response. A U.S. bioweapons lab in Tbilisi, Georgia came under fire as recently as 2018.
But J&J are hardly the only pharmaceutical/biotech company targeting the coronavirus vaccine space.
Massachusetts company Moderna says they are starting work to create a vaccine. A Pennsylvania biotech company named Inovio was approved for a Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations $9 million grant. Inovio is the same company that’s currently working on a MERS vaccine via a similar grant.
Officials with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease claim that developing a vaccine might not be too difficult given that Chinese health officials have rapidly sequenced the virus’s genome.
“The agency has the funding and technology,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, via USA Today. “Barring any bureaucratic or regulatory holdups, which I don’t think will happen, we can almost certainly get into phase one in three months.”
Dr. Gregory Polland, director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, says that coronaviruses are the cause of a common cold, but the unique mutations create deadly results. Dr. Polland also warns that coronavirus was sequenced faster than most other viruses we’ve seen in modern history.
University of Queensland researchers are also working on a coronavirus vaccine. A handful of Australians have been tested for the virus as international fear continues to mount.
Senator Chuck Schumer took some time away from wasting taxpayer monies on a reckless impeachment trial to warn Americans of deadly coronavirus. He says “it doesn’t look as evil as it is.”
Schumer also encouraged the CDC to declare coronavirus an emergency which will free up $85 million in government funding.
Author: Jim Satney
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