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Re: Developing the Covid-19 vaccine

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:46 pm
by EACLucifer
Again with treatment not vaccine, but the WHO is trying a similar approach to the one they took with the recent Ebola outbreak.

Candidates are remdesivir, lopinavir and ritonavir; lopinavir and ritonavir plus interferon beta, and chloroquine.

Re: Developing the Covid-19 vaccine

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:25 am
by AMS
I think some of the pharmas are also looking for monoclonal antibodies that block the virus from infecting cells. It's not tried and tested stuff, but people have looked at inhaler-style delivery routes. It will take longer than repurposing existing meds, though.

Re: Developing the Covid-19 vaccine

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:40 pm
by Herainestold
The Chinese military has been working on a vaccine.
“China’s announcement of a clinical trial came a little bit earlier than I had expected, even though I believe the first dose of the recombinant vaccine has already been injected into Chen’s body and some of her teammates,” Tao Lina, a Shanghai-based vaccine expert, said.

Tao was referring to photos that have been circulating on the social media platform WeChat that showed Chen being injected with a possible vaccine.
China developing 9 potential vaccines in global race for coronavirus cure
19 Mar 2020

Chen, 54 specialises in the development of recombinant vaccines – which use a harmless virus or bacterium to introduce the pathogen’s genetic material into the body to build up immunity – and has been credited with helping develop treatments during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak.

She also developed a nasal spray to protect medical workers during the 2002-03 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars).

The Chinese military has also been helping to tackle the medical emergency in Hubei, the province at the centre of the outbreak, with more than 10,000 personnel being deployed. ... ce-develop