How to stay optimistic that a vaccine for COVID-19 will soon be available for public consumption?
Categorizing how a vaccine for COVID-19 works
Half a year since the COVID-19 pandemic took the whole world by storm. How far are we on developing a trusted vaccine for COVID-19? Are we there yet in terms of vaccines? Or are we still left hanging with a bunch of promising vaccines yet to be proven? Remember, science has yet to develop a cure to HIV-AIDS. How sure are we it won’t be the same with the coronavirus?
How much progress has science made towards finding a vaccine for COVID-19?
- The human immune system can fight off the virus. Knowing that our own immune system can fight off the COVID-19 virus, scientists are convinced that an effective vaccine to boost the immune system can lead to an effective vaccine for COVID-19. The immune system’s response to the virus makes it different from the HIV-AIDS strain.
- Increasing anti-spike protein antibodies. Based on clinical trials, an increase in anti-spike antibodies prevents the spread of infection between cells. At least seven pharmaceutical companies that are working on a vaccine have focused on acquiring monoclonal antibodies, antibodies that prevent the development of infection on individuals exposed to the virus.
- Determining the safety precautions of vaccines. While developing a vaccine remains to be the top priority, parallel research on the medication’s side-effects stays equally as important. An allergic reaction is one of the main focuses when it comes to side-effects. Messing up with an unwanted allergic reaction on a virus that primarily attacks the respiratory system can be fatal.
With an increasing number of clinical trials conducted by various pharmaceutical companies, it won’t be long till an effective vaccine against the COVID-19 strain comes out for mass treatment.