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Mar 1, 2020

This years-old vaccine may protect against COVID-19

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As doctors around the world continue to mobilize against the coronavirus COVID-19 and try to develop a vaccine, one doctor thinks he may have an ace in the hole.

Years ago, Peter Hotez, a vaccine and infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine, worked on a vaccine that protected lab mice from SARS, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The project was abandoned and the vaccine never tested on humans because it took until 2016 — 16 years after the SARS outbreak ended — to manufacture it. But now, Hotez suspects that minor adjustments could turn it into a viable defense against COVID-19.

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