Coronavirus vaccine: When will we have one?
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production draw attention to Covid-19 vaccine availability. Though coronavirus still poses a significant threat, there are still no vaccines proven to protect the body against the disease it causes – Covid-19.
However there are around 40 different coronavirus vaccines in clinical trials – including one being developed by the University of Oxford that is already in an advanced stage of testing.
Why is a coronavirus vaccine important?
The virus spreads easily, and the majority of the world’s population is still vulnerable to it. A vaccine would provide some protection by training people’s immune systems to fight the virus so they should not become sick.
This would allow lockdowns to be lifted more safely, and social distancing to be relaxed.
What sort of progress is being made?
Research is happening at breakneck speed. About 240 vaccines are in early development, with 40 in clinical trials and nine already in the final stage of testing on thousands of people.