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Is there a vaccine against COVID-19?

Despite recent efforts in investigating emerging viruses, in the case of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), there is still no vaccine against this disease for use in humans.1

The lack of preventive vaccines for clinical use in humans against such viruses makes emerging countries face a serious global threat.1

On March 16, 2020, the G7 (Group of Seven: forum of seven industrialized economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) has committed to supporting the launch of joint research projects for COVID-19 (treatments and vaccines).2

A phase 1 trial of a possible vaccine started on March 16, 2020, with the support of the United States National Institutes of Health and CEPI (Coalition for Innovation in the Preparation of Epidemics), and 2 more days Later, a clinical trial started in China.2

Clinical trials for other vaccine candidates will start soon but we are still a long way from finding a vaccine at the present time.2

  1. Zowalaty MEE, Järhult JD. From SARS to COVID-19: A previously unknown SARS- related coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) of pandemic potential infecting humans – Call for a One Health approach. One Health 2020;9:100124. doi:10.1016/j.onehlt.2020.100124.
  2. Yamey G, Schäferhoff M, Hatchett R, Pate M, Zhao F, Mcdade KK. Ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines. The Lancet 2020. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(20)30763-7.