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American ingenuity - California lab says it discovered coronavirus vaccine in 3 hours

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  1. kyredneck

    kyredneck Well-Known Member
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    California lab says it discovered coronavirus vaccine in 3 hours
    Scientists are racing to get the vaccine on the market in record time

    "An American biotech company says it created a coronavirus vaccine three hours after getting access to the virus' genetic sequence in mid-January, and now scientists are racing to get the vaccine on the market in record time.

    Inovio Pharmaceuticals is based in Pennsylvania, but scientists in its laboratory in San Diego made the discovery.

    "We were able to rapidly construct our vaccine in a matter of about three hours once we had the DNA sequence from the virus available because of the power of our DNA medicine platform," Dr. J. Joseph Kim, Inovio's president and CEO, told FOX Business. "Our goal is to start phase one human testing in the U.S. early this summer."

    China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized.

    Inovio's stock jumped to $5.32 a share a few days after the company announced it was selected to work on a coronavirus vaccine.

    The American company is partnering with Beijing Advaccine, a Chinese company, to work on the vaccine. Inovio also received $9 million to work on the vaccine from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which is backed by billionaire Bill Gates.

    "We’ve done this many, many times before. The most relevant was building our vaccine against MERS virus, which is a coronavirus in the same family as COVID-19," Kim said.

    Inovio took a vaccine for Zika virus from construct design to human testing in the U.S. in less than seven months, Kim said.

    "We’re planning to beat our own record," he said. "Maybe we could do that in close to half that time."

    Inovio is building a coalition for the "war" against COVID-19 that will require scaling up to thousands upon thousands of doses, Kim said.

    Another U.S. company, Maryland-based Novavax, is aiming to make a coronavirus vaccine in as little as three months, although such vaccines can take years to develop. The company made an Ebola vaccine in 90 days….."
     
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  2. Scott Downey

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    Reconstruction of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Virus | CDC

    Scientists were able to reconstruct the spanish flu virus of 1918, and it is every bit as deadly as back then.
    i found this shocking that they can do this, possibilities exist they can now engineer a deadly illness to kill hundreds of millions.
     
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    Tom Cotton says coronavirus may have originated in Wuhan 'super laboratory'

    "Sen. Tom Cotton refused to accept claims China made about the origin of the deadly coronavirus, which killed 38 people in China yesterday.

    "[China] also claimed for almost two months, until earlier this week, that it had originated in a seafood market in Wuhan. That locals had contracted it from animals in say bat soup or snake tartar," said Cotton. "That is not the case."

    The Arkansas Republican cited a study published by the Lancet that showed of the original 40 cases in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, 14 people who contracted the virus never set foot in the Wuhan wildlife market where Chinese authorities have claimed the virus originated.

    "As one epidemiologist said, 'That virus went into the seafood market before it came out of the seafood market.' We still don't know where it originated," Cotton said. "I would note that Wuhan also has China's only biosafety level four super laboratory that works with the world's most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus."..."
     
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    I would venture to say that this is not just a sign of American ingenuity but also of the benefits of a capitalist system, and a very good reason not to socialize medicine.
     
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    How about IT WAS AN ANSWER TO PRAYER!
     
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    Would you mind explaining that, Hank?
     
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    I was/am giving God the glory for at very least ALLOWING the California lab to "discover" THE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE.
     
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    Good point.
     
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    yes and will the world react appropriately? I hope so.
     
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    My concern is if a vaccine can be prepared safely, without it's own infection issues. And to make sure it works.
     
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