UW School of Medicine researching possible vaccine for Coronavirus

The University of Washington School of Medicine is working on a rapid-response vaccine.

SEATTLE, Wash.–  A recent medical development may make it a little easier to build a vaccine for Coronavirus.

Studies from the University of Washington School of Medicine show just how this virus is entering human cells.

“Multiple findings by studying the spike protein, which is the protein decorating the viral surface, and it is in charge of detachment to the whole cell surface and entry.” Asst. Professor David Vessler said.

By figuring this out, the path to making a safe vaccine becomes a little more clear.

Researchers at UW and across the globe are working on rapid response vaccines.

That would expedite the process for a vaccine, and it would make it easier to develop then test on animals.

When making a vaccine, you need several rounds of testing. The time frame for this one is unclear because of how delicate this process is.

“The bar for getting a really good vaccine out there is really high,” Assoc. Professor John Lynch said. “You want it to be effective and really safe, and so that takes time to make sure that’s going to work.”

A short term answer may be something that was used right here in Washington.

The man in Snohomish County who was the first U.S. citizen to get Coronavirus has made a full recovery.

One factor may have been the experimental drug he was given called Remdesivir.

That’s an anti-viral drug which is similar to what is used on HIV patients to block the virus from replicating in the body.

So, how do you know if a patient no longer has Coronavirus?

Well, their symptoms have to be gone and at least two of their tests have to come back negative.

Those tests are usually separated by a couple of days.