Medical Disorders
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
AHA News: Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Exercise Caution When Exercising OutdoorsAsthma, COPD Raise Odds for Severe COVID-19, Lung Experts WarnCoronavirus Hangs Around Even After Symptoms SubsideCan Food From an Infected Cook Give You COVID-19?Pregnant Women Need to Guard Against CoronavirusVitamin D Might Aid Seniors' Recovery From Hip Fracture: StudyWith 3D Printer, N.Y. Hospital Converts Sleep Apnea Machines Into VentilatorsAnother COVID-19 Vaccine Being Tested in Mice'Stay at Home' Orders Are Stressing U.S. Families, Survey ShowsAn Expert's Guide to Fighting Coronavirus StressHeart Patients Need to Be Wary of CoronavirusU.S. Coronavirus Cases Pass 200,000, as Jobless Claims Soar to 10 MillionIs Thyroid Hormone Dangerously Overprescribed in Older Patients?Mild COVID-19 Often Appears With Only Gastro Symptoms: StudyFDA Pulls Heartburn Drug Zantac From MarketCertain Health Conditions Up Risks for Severe COVID-19Parents, Arm Your Kids Against COVID-19 With Good Hand-Washing HabitsFDA Approves Malaria Drugs to Treat COVID-19, Despite Little Proof They Work'Fever Tracker' Suggests Social Distancing Is Already WorkingDon't Fall Prey to COVID-19 ScammersBeing Chained to Your Desk Might Harm Your ThyroidWhat You Should Know If Your Surgery Has Been Put on HoldAnother Coronavirus Health Threat: Too Few Asthma InhalersOdds of Hospitalization, Death With COVID-19 Rise Steadily With Age: StudyAHA News: Health Emergency? Don't Hesitate to Get HelpToo Many Patients, Too Few Ventilators: How U.S. Hospitals Cope With COVID-19AI Might Spot Which COVID-19 Patients Are at Risk of Severe DiseaseWhat Dental Offices Are Doing to Prevent Coronavirus Infection?A Parent's Guide to Fighting Coronavirus StressTrump Extends Social Distancing to April 30 as COVID-19 Cases SurgeRecovery From Mild Brain Trauma Takes Longer Than Expected: StudyStaying at Home During the Pandemic? Use Technology to Stay ConnectedAHA News: Understanding the Basics of 'Herd Immunity'Multiple Measures of Social Distancing Required to Slow Coronavirus: StudyCough, Fever, Fatigue? Head to CDC's Online Coronavirus Symptom CheckerThree Countries Have Kept Coronavirus in Check; Here's How They Did ItTrial Finds Acupuncture May Help Prevent MigrainesSevere COVID-19 Might Injure the HeartWhy Are Teens, Millennials Ignoring Coronavirus Warnings?An Expert's Guide to Fact-Checking Coronavirus Info OnlineLivestock, Poultry Safe From Coronavirus: ExpertU.S. Hospital Beds Were Already Maxed Out Before Coronavirus PandemicFDA Warns of Defective EpiPen DangersPoll Finds High Anxiety in the Time of CoronavirusCould Robots Be Deployed to Front Line in Fighting COVID-19?COVID-19 May Force Some Cancer Patients to Delay TreatmentWhat People With Parkinson's Need to Know About COVID-19How to Weather Social Isolation During Coronavirus PandemicCOVID-19 Infection Likely Worse for Vapers, SmokersWhen Arteries Narrow, Chest Pain Can Come Earlier for Women Than Men
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Men's Health
Women's Health

First Volunteers to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine in Early Trial

HealthDay News
by -- HealthDay staff
Updated: Mar 16th 2020

new article illustration

MONDAY, March 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world, American scientists have some heartening news: An experimental COVID-19 vaccine will be given to the first volunteers in a U.S. trial on Monday.

Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and conducted at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, a team of scientists plans to administer varying doses of a vaccine developed by the NIH and Moderna Inc. to 45 young, healthy volunteers, the Associated Press reported. The vaccine does not contain any virus since this preliminary trial is designed to test only for troublesome side effects, the wire service said.

Despite the promising first step, public health officials stressed that a widely available vaccine is still a distant goal.

Even if initial safety tests go well, "you're talking about a year to a year and a half" before any vaccine could be ready for widespread use, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the AP reported.

And that's if everything moves forward without any glitches.

"Delays can happen at any point in vaccine development. One step has gone at a very fast pace for one company, and that's great news," Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology with the Harvard School of Public Health, said of the Moderna trial when it was first announced in February. "We'll see over the next few weeks and months if other companies and developers replicate that kind of speed."

Around the world, dozens of teams are developing different types of vaccines as coronavirus moves across the globe. As of Monday, more than 168,000 cases and 6,600 deaths have been reported worldwide by the World Health Organization.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals plans to start safety tests of its vaccine candidate next month in a few dozen volunteers at the University of Pennsylvania and a testing center in Kansas City, Mo., followed by a similar study in China and South Korea, the AP reported.

Doctors have also been trying different treatments for COVID-19, using HIV drugs and a new antiviral called Remdesivir that was developed to treat Ebola. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has already used the antiviral in a small number of Americans who were infected while aboard a cruise ship in Japan in February.

Lipsitch noted that a number of vaccines developed for other infectious diseases -- such as Zika, MERS and SARS -- wound up on the shelf because those viruses dissipated over time.

"I don't think that's going to be the problem with this one," Lipsitch said. "I think we're going to have ongoing transmission [of COVID-19] for a long time."

Luckily, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

More information

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on coronavirus.


Amazon Smile


Children and Adult services are available now with no wait time.  

Please contact HBH at 860-548-0101, option 2.


powered by centersite dot net