Things are changing very quickly because of the Coronavirus.
Businesses are temporarily closing in multiple states and people are being advised to self-quarantine.
One piece of good news is that medical science is moving quickly too. A vaccine has already been developed and is currently being tested.
Breitbart News reports:
U.S. Begins First Trial of Coronavirus Vaccine Developed in Record Time
U.S. researchers on Monday reportedly administered the first shot to the first participant in a clinical trial for an experimental vaccine to protect against the deadly novel coronavirus as cases of the disease continue to surge across the globe.
“Going from not even knowing that this virus was out there … to have any vaccine” in testing in about two months is unprecedented, Dr. Lisa Jackson, the leader of the Kaiser Permanente coronavirus vaccine study, told the Associated Press (AP).
“We don’t know whether this vaccine will induce an immune response, or whether it will be safe. That’s why we’re doing a trial,” Jackson stressed. “It’s not at the stage where it would be possible or prudent to give it to the general population.”
On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that the “first phase” of the trials had begun.
“This is one of the fastest vaccine development launches in history, not even close,” Trump said.
The first vaccine trial marked only the beginning of the process to determine whether the shots are safe and ready for widespread use, which could take up to a year and a half.
AP learned from an unnamed U.S. government official that the coronavirus vaccine trials would start on Monday.
This is record turnaround.
Remarkable turnaround on the vaccine! This work should be applauded. pic.twitter.com/QmepLQehVg
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 17, 2020
— TIME (@TIME) March 17, 2020
Stay safe and wash your hands.