A vaccine being developed for the Pandemic virus that caused a worldwide health crisis by the University of Oxford, has triggered an immune response from hundreds of healthy volunteers during early-stage clinical trials and seems to be safe, based on reports.
The AZD1222 vaccine — which is being developed by AstraZeneca and scientists at the UK university – also didn’t cause any severe side effects, based on trial results published in The Lancet medical journal, Reuters reported.
The very experimental vaccine received antibody and T-cell immune responses, based on the outcomes, which confirmed that individuals who acquired two doses exhibited the strongest response.
“We are seeing good immune response in almost everybody,” said Dr. Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at Oxford. “What this vaccine does particularly well istrigger both arms of the immune system.”
Hill said that neutralizing antibodies — molecules that are key to blocking infection — are produced and that the vaccine additionally causes a response in the body’s T-cells, which assist to fight off the virus. Sounds very promising.
The experimental vaccine caused minor side effects like fever, chills and muscle ache more often than in people who got a control meningitis vaccine.
A number of countries including the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have all signed deals to receive hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine, which has not yet been licensed.
The first deliveries have been scheduled for the fall.
“There is still much work to be done before we can confirm if our vaccine will help manage the virus pandemic, but these early results hold promise,” vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert said, according to Reuters.
“We still do not know how strong an immune response we need to provoke to effectively protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection,” she said, adding that researchers needed to learn more about the virus and continue to perform late-stage trials.
The researchers first started testing the vaccine back in April on about 1,000 people, half of whom received the experimental shot to see what kind of immune response would be brought out.
Researchers said they discovered that their experimental vaccine provided a dual immune response from people aged 18 to 55 that lasted at least two months after they were immunized.
Hill said that bigger trials evaluating the vaccine’s effectiveness, involving about 10,000 people in the United Kingdom in addition to folks in South Africa and Brazil are still underway.
One other huge trial is scheduled to begin soon in the US, where about 30,000 people will be enrolled.
Hill estimated that the experts might need sufficient information by the end of the year to determine if the vaccine ought to be adopted for mass vaccination programs.
“There’s increasing evidence that having a T-cell response as well as antibodies could be very important in controlling [the virus],” he said. Hill said the trial used two doses that were administered four weeks apart.
Here’s the problem I have. We have learned over the last six months that leftists have corrupted everything we thought was sacred, including science. This is why they constantly accuse conservatives of not believing in science. They politicized the scientific method and how results are skewered, with the overall intention of fooling you into believing that their “science” is supporting the non-science things they want to do to control you. If you disagree with their nonsense, then you don’t believe in science, or so goes their thinking.
This begs the question: Should we trust the science on this vaccine?
Outside of AIDS, this Chinese virus has been more politicized than a Marxist professor’s university classroom.
The experimental vaccine makes use of an innocent chimpanzee chilly virus, engineered so it may well unfold, to hold the virus’ spike protein into the physique, which ought to immediate an immune system response.
Oxford partnered with the drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is already dedicated to making 2 billion doses, Hill said.
“Even 2 billion doses may not be enough,” he said, stressing the importance of having multiple shots to combat [the virus].
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“There was a hope that if we had a vaccine quickly enough, we could put out the pandemic,” Hill said, while acknowledging the current rise of the number of positive infections across the world. “I think it’s going to be very difficult to control this pandemic without a vaccine.”
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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