Health experts warn life-saving coronavirus vaccine still years away - (ABC News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Rachel Grant, the director of communications and advocacy at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), said that the organisation was working with partners to deliver a vaccine for the novel coronavirus for broader use within the next 12 to 18 months, ABC News reported.

  • "Of course, there are no guarantees of success," Grant said, adding that "even to propose such a timeline at this point must be regarded as hugely aspirational."

  • The head of the vaccine labs at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Frédéric Tangy, said researchers there are working on using the Measles vaccine as a shell in order to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine into the human body.

  • The Institute operates within a global network of 32 institutions worldwide that, while autonomous, have collaborated with each other during every global epidemic in recent history, including SARS, MERS and the Ebola virus.

  • Meanwhile, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, confirmed that a Phase I trial of a candidate vaccine would likely begin in early April.

  • Fauci called the interest from pharmaceutical companies in developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus "much more intense" than it had been for the global SARS epidemic, adding that even if a candidate vaccine is created within the anticipated timelines, pharmaceutical companies may not be ready to scale the production of those life-saving therapeutics.

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