A vaccine / treatment is closer and closer

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 6, 2020

A vaccine /  treatment is closer and closer

These days of uncertainty, and in spite of the plenty of fake news that is out there, we are receiving messages from different sources that invite optimism.

The "race" to find a medicine to control the pandemic that is causing the coronavirus has a number of participants. These are some:

Spanish researchers identify a medicine that blocks the effects of the coronavirus, having demonstrated its efficacy in mini-kidneys generated from human stem cells at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia. It is APN01 (Human Recombinant Soluble Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 - hrsACE2), which has been shown to effectively block the cell gate that SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts. At the moment, in human tissues.

From the United States, the company Johnson & Johnson claims to have detected a possible vaccine to prevent the virus. This is a job that started in January 2020, long before the crisis hit the United States. They are works in collaboration with the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and the US Authority for Advanced Biomedical Research and Development (BARDA). The idea of pharmaceuticals is to accelerate steps and protocols. The plan is for the first batches of the vaccine to be made available for use in emergency situations by early 2021 by September 2020, a significantly faster process than usual for vaccine development.

In Australia, a group of scientists from Monash University in Melbourne has used an antiparasitic medicine called ivermectin in the laboratory and they assure that it is capable of finishing the coronavirus virus in 48 hours. This medicine was first used as an antiparasite in pets, but was later found to be beneficial to humans and was used to fight HIV, dengue, influenza, Zika, or scabies. The researchers, however, want to be cautious and warn that there are still human clinical trials to confirm their effectiveness.

Paul Stoffels, a Belgian scientist, has also claimed to have developed a vaccine designed from a cold virus.

From those or other researches, something effective must come up at some point, and we just hope this will be soon and we all can come back to normal life.


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