Is There a Cure for COVID-19? (Answer: Not Yet)
Is there a cure?
- There is not yet an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus.
- Medical teams around the world are working to develop a vaccine, antiviral medication, or other means of stopping the virus' spread—and curing those who’ve already fallen ill with COVID-19.
Who's working on a cure?
- Multiple companies, led by Moderna Therapeutics, whose National Institutes of Health-partnered project is expected to enter a clinical study in April, are advancing vaccines toward human trials.
- However, it’s unlikely that a vaccine will be available in the near future.
- Peter Marks, the director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, says it’s “unlikely” that there will be a vaccine that’s ready to be used in a large patient population and large clinical trial in the next few months. According to Marks, a real late-stage trial is likely to be “months away.”
— Lorelei Yang
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