Developing a new vaccine takes years. Here's how scientists think they can do it in 18 months
2020-08-05 from cbc.ca
Vaccine development normally takes years, if not decades. But scientific teams around the world are aiming to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in 12 to 18 months.
Prof. Gary Kobinger is part of a team at Laval University that is trying to do that, and he thinks it can be done without skipping any steps in the process or compromising safety.
"I believe it's possible," said Kobinger, a professor of microbiology and infectious diseases who helped develop a vaccine for Ebola. "You just need to put the effort into it."
That, and, he acknowledged, "a lot of money."
But how? Here are some of the things that are being done differently during the development of a COVID-19 vaccine to speed up the process.
Normally, once it's been shown effective in preclinical animal trials, a vaccine needs to go through three stages of human clinical trials that are run one after another. They can take years to complete.
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