U.S. Army scientists are working on a new coronavirus that can fight all COVID-19 strains,media BGR reported. U.S. Army scientists have a long history of researching and controlling infectious diseases. In fact, the Army has been behind effective treatments for diseases such as plague, Ebola and anthrax. In addition, the military often works with some of the world’s largest biotech companies to help fight some of the most terrible diseases on Earth. If tested well, the U.S. Army’s new crown vaccine could be ready by the end of 2020.
“We have more capability to do more research at the same time,” Col. E. Darrin Cox of the U.S. Army Institute of Infectious Disease medicine (USAMRIID) explained at the end of March. “We can run in parallel, not in order, which helps speed up the scientific process.” “Of course, the resources available to the Army will only help to improve their research.
“We have a great ability to test a lot of products,” added Dr. John Dye, head of viral immunology at USAMRIID. “Most other places don’t have this infrastructure and can’t develop or test so many products at once. Against this backdrop, U.S. Army scientists believe they will have a new coronavirus vaccine that will fight all coronavirus strains by 2021, Defense One reported.
The vaccine, currently being tested on hundreds of mice, was developed by Army scientists. Scientists are also working to speed up and evaluate the vaccines that AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical companies are producing under the White House’s Operation Warp Speed program, which aims to have the vaccine ready by the end of the year.
NBC News added that the most promising vaccines were selected from more than 24 prototypes. “We have leveraged the institute’s expertise and infrastructure to compress the normal two years of discovery and design work into a few months,” Dr. Kayvon Modjar, from the Walter Reed Army Research Institute, said this week.
In a call with reporters, Modjarrad added that we will hear from Army researchers in the near future that all coronavirus strains “can be covered by a single vaccine.” Barring any unforeseen changes, the Army expects to begin human testing of the vaccine sometime this summer.
Relatedly, Dr. Anthony Fauci said this week that three separate phase 3 trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine would begin this summer. Fauci has previously said the vaccine may not arrive until early 2021, but with so many organizations working around the clock on the vaccine, there may be a chance to see a breakthrough later this year.