It seems not a day goes by without more Covid-19 related bad news. But thankfully, there’s some good news too. Here’s the latest on the vaccine everyone in the world and their grandma is anxiously waiting for.
Who’s working on this?
More than 170 teams of top international researchers and medical professionals, including from the University of Oxford. That’s a lot of brainpower!
How far are they?
Here’s where all the vaccines are at the moment:*
142 in pre-clinical trials (this means they’re not ready to be tested on people yet)
35 in Phase 1 (small-scale safety trials)
19 in Phase 2 (expanded safety trials)
11 in Phase 3 (large-scale trials on people)
*As of mid October 2020
What does that mean in real time?
Scientists are holding thumbs for a viable vaccine in 12-18 months. We’ll hold thumbs along with them.
While smartypants around the world work feverishly on that vaccine, we can do our bit by continuing to keep ourselves safe. Keep social distancing, keep wearing those masks, keep avoiding public areas by getting all your pharmacy supplies delivered (with same-day delivery for orders before 12). And keep holding thumbs!