Coronavirus: Scientists ‘pass first hurdle’ towards creating vaccine

23 February 2020 – Independent

A team at the University of Queensland will start animal testing this week and hope to begin clinical trials on humans by the middle of 2020.

The breakthrough was announced by Professor Paul Young, Head of the University’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

It normally takes 18 months before any vaccine is ready to be distributed to the public, but Prof Young said this process could be accelerated if there are assurances the safety of clinical trials would not be compromised.

The researchers are funded by the global Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness, as part of a programme to develop rapid vaccine responses to viral outbreaks.

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