NEW DELHI :
A SCIENTIST involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine at Australia’s University of Queensland has said that it may take about one year before people will actually be able to use it. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a partnership against epidemics by public, private, philanthropic, and civil organisations earlier commissioned the University of Queensland (UQ) to urgently work to produce a vaccine against the recently emerged coronavirus.
“It can take four to six months for a vaccine candidate to be tested and shown to be effective in animal models. It can take another three to four months to complete human clinical trials,” Professor Paul Young, Head, School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, told IANS in an email interview. “It could be 12 months before we have a manufactured and regulatory approved vaccine for clinical use,” Young said. The novel coronavirus, which is now called COVID-19, originated in China’s Wuhan area in December 2019. The coronavirus has killed over 1,300 people in China and has spread to over 25 countries. “It is important to stress that there is no guarantee of success, but it is conceivable that The University of Queensland, in collaboration with its partners, could have a candidate vaccine suitable for large scale manufacture in approximately 12 months,” Young said.
“As an academic institution, we do not possess large-scale manufacturing capacity and so we are initially collaborating with colleagues at CSIRO in Australia for early manufacturing scale-up. We will also be reaching out to commercial manufacturers to enable transition to larger scale,” he added. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science agency. “We urge everyone to follow advice from their local health authorities,” he added.
Final sample collection of inmates at ITBP facility begins
NEW DELHI :
A FINAL sample collection of 404 inmates at an ITBP coronavirus quarantine facility here is being carried out in order to determine if they can be discharged over the next few days, a senior official said on Thursday. The facility has been hosting these people from early this month after they were evacuated from China in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak in that country. “Final sample collection of all 404 people housed at our quarantine facility is being done by a team of doctors.
While 200 samples have been taken today, the rest will be collected on Friday,” ITBP spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said. The first samples, taken sometime back, had come out as negative for coronavirus. Based on the fresh reports, Pandey said, a decision will be taken to discharge the travellers in the next few days after approvals by the Union health ministry authorities. The Government had created two large quarantine centres, one run by the border guarding force Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Chhawla area of Delhi, and the other managed by the Army in Manesar near here.