[ExI] A potential COVID-19 vaccine

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 23:40:51 UTC 2020

On Apr 27, 2020, at 12:28 PM, John Clark via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote::
> A lab in Briton has used genetic engineering to jump ahead of everybody else and has developed a COVID-19 vaccine in record time. It seems safe in humans and has been shown to work with rhesus macaque monkeys. Six of the animals were given one shot of the vaccine and then exposed to very high levels of COVID-19. Animals that didn't get the vaccine consistently got sick, but after 28 days all 6 vaccinated monkeys remained healthy. Last week a Phase 1 clinical trial involving 1,100 humans started and next month a combined Phase 2 and Phase 3 trial involving 6,000 people will start, it will be the first time any COVID-19 vaccine is tested for effectiveness and not just safety. If it works in humans as well as it does in monkeys (a big IF) we could manufacture several million doses of the vaccine by September, much earlier than previously thought. 
> Keep your fingers crossed, I don't believe that superstition helps but they say it works even if you don't believe it.
> In Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine, an Oxford Group Leaps Ahead

Great news! But I don’t do the fingers crossed thing because I’m not superstitious for fear of it bringing me bad luck.


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