A biotech firm claims that it has developed a coronavirus vaccine and is ready for testing. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has dominated news headlines for weeks, slumping markets and causing grocery store shelves to empty all over the country.
The company, Moderna, says it’s in its sixth week of development and is now shipping the vaccine to United States government researchers for clearance.
But US testing procedures can take as long as a year to make a determination over the efficacy and safety of any new drug.
However, a human test group could receive Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine by the end of April. According to CNN, the initial clinical trial would consist of 45 people.
If clinical trials are determined successful, the government could opt to expedite the remainder of the process. However, that still can take up to 18 months.
Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and the government are also working towards a coronavirus vaccine.
Author: Jim Satney
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