The COVID-19 Vaccine Race: Status update as of July 5 2020

The COVID-19 Vaccine Race Status update as of July 5 2020

Vaccine development, historically more of a marathon than a short distance sprint, becomes that and more in the COVID-19 pandemic-charged world. Such a crisis brings out the best in some and the worst in others. With front line health workers exhibiting heroics around the world on one end of the spectrum, some firms practice predatorial practices, capitalizing on the situation for gain, on the other end. Certainly all agree that the faster the world gets out of this situation, the better. A safe and effective vaccine is the best hope declare many world experts. Vaccines are not usually a dinner table topic but given the state of affairs today, that has changed. Unfortunately, some infused jingoism into the process as for some, national pride gets improperly mixed-up with science. In India, for example, a Director General of the renowned national research institute ICMR stated in a leaked communication that an indigenous vaccine would be ready by August 15. There was just one problem: the vaccine’s developer, Bharat Biotech, plans to start clinical trials on July 7.  With ICMR establishing 12 clinical trial sites, its just not possible to complete such a major undertaking in a mont...

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