Worldwide News: A Pentagon press was held by Army discussing their efforts in the development of a vaccine against deadly COVID-19.
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Talley, commander of Army Medical Research and Development Command and Fort Detrick in Maryland said that the army researchers along other agencies, including National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; industry; and academia in the U.S. and abroad to detect, prevent and treat COVID-19.
Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Dr. Nelson Michael added that Army researchers’ doing is a collaborative effort with those partners to ensure there’s no duplication.
Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of Emerging Infectious Diseases at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research said that they have started the first phase of testing potential vaccines in mice to see what comes result. After first is phase is done, the next phase would be testing in larger animals, including monkeys and other animals similar to humans.
“There’s a good possibility that the outbreak could slow down over the warmer months and then start again later in the year when it gets colder — if it follows the pattern of some past coronaviruses” he said.
He said that it takes them a year to 18 months to prove a vaccine safe.
He further acknowledged that to staying away to be infected would demand you to wash your hand frequently and avoid kissing and hugging.
Michael appreciated their efforts to slowing down the outbreak of virus by saying that America has the best emergency medical treatment in the world and all Americans should be reassured.