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Feb 1, 2020

Coronavirus update Vaccine expected in Phase 1 trial within months WHO to reconvene on Thursday

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A vaccine designed to combat severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and technological advances in vaccine platforms are likely to quicken the time it will take to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus that has killed at least 132 people and sickened nearly 6,000 others.

“I’m reasonably confident that within three months or less we’ll be in a Phase 1 trial” for a coronavirus vaccine, which would be record speed for this type of trial, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said during a Tuesday video interview with the medical journal JAMA. It took 3.2 months to get a Zika vaccine into trials, he added.

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