According to reports on Tuesday, the first Covid-19 vaccine trial in the United States revived people’s immune system and this satisfies the exact results scientist were hoping for.
A scientist Dr William Schaffner of the Vanderbilt University said “they’ve phased one studies, but it’s a good first step. It looks as though the vaccine generated a vigorous immune response. We like that. We think that’s going to be associated with protection. A couple of notes: this is a two-dose vaccine. And there were some people who had sore arms and a little bit of fever and some fatigue, et cetera. A small price to pay for protection against COVID-19, I would think. So there’s nothing there that would inhibit us from going on to larger trials. And they’re currently underway”.
Even though this comes as good news and relief to many across the world scientists and researchers are treading cautiously as they begin to try the vaccine on older people in some parts of America, this is line with steps put in place not to jeopardize or cause any havoc to the lives of these people.
‘It’s a careful stepwise way of doing it. First, a smaller group of younger people. Then you expand it to older people since it worked very well in the younger group. And we’ll have to see how the older persons respond. We know that they generally don’t respond as well as younger people to vaccines. So, this is something we’ll look at very carefully. It’s probably one of the reasons this is a two-dose vaccine because we clearly want to protect older people and people who are frail with chronic underlying illnesses,’ Dr Schaffner added.
The 30,000-person study will mark the world’s largest study of a potential Covid-19 vaccine so far. Nearly two dozen possible Covid-19 vaccines are in various stages of testing around the world.
Meanwhile, Russia has also indicated that it has found the vaccine of the disease and are currently testing and waiting for Approval from the World Health Organization before it is distributed to nations across the world.
By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com