With over 200,000 infections and 8,272 reported deaths around the world due to Covid-19, Australian scientists may have found the elusive cure for the pandemic and are now testing a vaccine.
The Austrialian reported that Dr. Keith Chappell, working along side Drs. Daniel Wetterson, Paul Young, and Trent Munro have been working since January to accelerate the process of finding and creating a cure for the novel virus.
“In terms of getting a vaccine, that we think would work, we are already there,” Chappell said.
To achieve the breakthrough, the doctors decided to hijack the virus’s infectious properties through an advanced tech called “molecular clamps,” and have been experimenting with various formations.
After over 200 formations, the doctors settled on a candidate vaccine known as a S-Spike, which is currently been tested at the University of Queensland on a laboratory mice, before subsequent testing on humans in the middle of the year.
Dr. Chappell however stressed that, there is a “commercial risk” to get the vaccine accessible to 7 billion people worldwide but that’s one risk, him and his colleagues are willing to take.
It is estimated that the cost of mass production could be between $20 million to $30 million.
The group is already in talks with regulators and the European Medical Association for approval.
In the meantime, the vaccine is being fine-tuned at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia and should be available towards the end of the year.
Researchers Claims more Successes with Covid-19
In a related development, another group of researchers at the University of Brisbane, Australia have also claimed to have found a cure for the virus.
They achieved this feat by combining anti-malaria drug chloroquine with HIV drugs, lopinavir and ritonavir and have seen promising results in human test.
The medication has already been used on several patients with the novel virus in Australia. All symptoms are said to have “disappeared” and that the patients made a full recovery.
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