More clinical trials in African countries can help ensure that any vaccines or treatments developed cater to the continent’s genetic diversity.
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More countries on the African continent must urgently get involved in clinical trials so that the data collected will accurately represent the continent at a genetic level.
Why do scientists care about mutations on the coronavirus?
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly mutating. What do these mutations reveal about this virus's evolution? And will this knowledge help us to develop a long-lasting vaccine?
One of Nairobi’s low-income areas.
Because low-income settlements are unplanned, crowded and without sanitation, there are many viral infections that cause health problems.
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (pink dots) on a dying cell.
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The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spreads faster than the H1N1 influenza virus and is much deadlier. SARS-CoV-2 is particularly skilled at keeping cells from calling out for help.
If only COVID-19 testing was as simple as a pregnancy test.
There are now dozens of test for COVID-19 with hundreds more awaiting the FDA's authorization. So which test is best? Does anyone know?
Here's what protection from coronavirus looks like.
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
Traditional vaccines can take years to create. Rather than immunizing people with viral proteins, the new approach gives the molecular instructions that allows the body to make its own vaccine.
Scientific research on the novel coronavirus has progressed at unprecedented speed.
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While there is no cure for COVID-19, dozens of clinical trials are underway to test retroviral medicines and potential vaccines targeting the novel coronavirus.
There are many ways to make a vaccine. In a time of crisis, the more paths towards success the better.
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Under pressure to develop a coronavirus vaccine, researchers have turned to protein synthesis, genetics and hybrid viruses. It is likely a mix of these approaches will be used to fight the coronavirus.
Michelle Grattan interviews immunologist and Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty about controlling the coronavirus pandemic, and the prospects of developing a vaccine.
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Initiatives to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 are under way. But how far away are they?
We urgently need a vaccine for COVID-19 but exposing humans to a vaccine candidate that hasn't undergone the usual safety assessments is risky.
Getting vaccinated against the flu, washing your hands and social distancing are three ways you can help reduce the impact of both the flu and coronavirus.
Without a coronavirus vaccine, a herd immunity strategy would simply lead to thousands of unnecessary deaths.
Films that dissolve rapidly when placed under the tongue or high in the cheek will make vaccines cheaper and more reliable.
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Inspired by amber and hard candy, researchers figured out a new, needle-free, shelf-stable way to preserve vaccines, making them easier to ship and administer around the world.
It is critical to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, including its source and why transmission appears to be more efficient than with previous coronaviruses.
Scientists are pursuing several different avenues to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, but the process could take years.
Researchers around the world are working together to control the coronavirus outbreak, now known as COVID-19. This is what's behind the global effort to develop a vaccine.
Studies show that people are more likely to get the flu shot if they have a plan.
The flu shot is a bargain – and people are more likely to get it if they know that.
HPV vaccine has reduced pre-cancerous cervical disease in women by 71%.
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Following the success of the cervical cancer vaccine, new work on links between viruses and cancers raises promising possibilities.
A sense of wellbeing can have an important affect on parents' decisions when it comes to health care.