Home / Blog / The Vaccine Hunt

The Vaccine Hunt

Mohammad Shahzad
Muhammad Atif Khan

Fear of being infected with COVID 19 (Corona Virus) has reached  its extreme. People are concerned if the World fails to find any Cure then what will happen? , how will life go on with this pandemonium? , if World has the potential to manufacture vaccine then How long it will take? , These are general questions arising in every mind and each question is directed towards Corona Vaccine.

Developing a vaccine is not a child’s play while more than two dozen companies are working on it. It is not just about developing a vaccine but also meeting the global need after the development. Governments, Universities and Pharmaceutical companies are craving of getting pride and benefit along with finding the cure of Corona virus at the same time, therefore they have accelerated their efforts following their respective stratagem in the research of developing a vaccine against Corona Virus.                                                       Before going into depth Let’s have a look at history (of likewise Events), In 1984, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler that a preventative vaccine against HIV would be ready for testing in the next two years. The world is still waiting for an HIV vaccine after millions of deaths and instead of hoping people started to believe that HIV is an incurable disease. Likewise, there are other diseases as well which are incurable.

Keeping in mind the above-mentioned example should we believe in claims made by politicians, doctors and scientists? , Certainly not. But we can also not live in despair and without hope.

Before believing in any speculation, let’s look at the progress made by Pharmaceutical Companies in Manufacturing COVID Vaccine.           

Pfizer along with its German partner BioNTech (Pharmaceutical Companies) claimed to have started clinical trials. Instead of weakening virus strains, they have used a unique and new technique to develop the vaccine. This vaccine attempts to reprogram the virus’ RNA rather than manipulating the live virus itself. The Vaccine caries the Genetic Code known as messenger RNA which instructs body cells to make the protein associated with COVID 19 but without making someone sick. The hope is that the Immune system in response will start producing antibodies to fight off COVID 19 as soon as it detects viral proteins. Four candidates have experienced the vaccine trials by Pfizer under the supervision of Dr Mark Mulligan, an infectious disease specialist at N.Y.U. Because it’s natural it is believed to be safe as the body produces mRNA itself. 

                                                         ”Vaccines are given to healthy people to keep them healthy, so they will be safe, very safe” said Dr Mark Mulligan.                                                                           

Expert says that vaccine will be available as soon as September and it is the fastest way of manufacturing vaccine to stem the disease. But they also emphasized that it will be too early to predict anything as it’s still experimental.

” I am optimistic but the data will speak itself and this is the nice thing about science, you don’t have to have faith or believe whereas the answers will come from the investigation we do ” said Dr Mark Mulligan in an interview on NBC news.

Moderna, Inovio and CanSino are also involved in similar research method and using the same technique to manufacture a COVID vaccine, but no vaccine made with this technique has ever been found in the global market.

China’s CanSino Biologics recently disclosed that the company was advancing its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to a Phase II clinical trial making this vaccine candidate lead contender in the global race for an approved vaccine product. The National Institute of Health (NIH Pakistan) in collaboration with China has determined to conduct clinical trials of inactivated novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in Pakistan.

We will be part of the clinical trial with China,” said Executive Director NIH Maj Gen Aamer Ikram to The Nation (Courtesy The Nation).

The world is hoping to have Corona Vaccine ready to use in the next 4 months but they are not confident enough as Dr Mark Mulligan reiterated it will be too early to say anything as it still depends on experimental investigation.                   

“Blood of recovered patients of COVID-19 could be used to create antibodies to fight off the virus. These antibodies in the blood of a recovered patient can speed up the immunity of the newly infected people,” said Dr Tahir Shamsi, the head of National Institute of Blood Diseases, Karachi.

                       We can use passive immunisation (explained above) to treat patients but the situation would be worst if numbers keep dividing exponentially because it requires time to use this method. The Vaccine is inevitable to stop the spread of deadly contagions. Until the vaccine is developed, we must keep the numbers in control.               

                       Moderano ( US Biotech Company ) has already completed Phase 1 of human trials and sought approval of Food and Drug administration to proceed to the next phase of Human trial which will require 600 people.    

“The coming Phase 2 study start is a crucial step forward,” Stéphane Bancel, Moderna’s chief executive, said in a statement. If Moderano succeeds in Phase 2 then the studies (of Data manoeuvrings) of Phase 3 will determine how efficient the vaccine will be.         

               As we know many pharmaceutical and biotech companies claimed to have the vaccine but not an approved one and they are still conducting human trials, therefore, we can expect a vaccine shortly but we are not sure. Marcus Tullius cicero Said once ”While there’s life, there’s hope”. We should not make our blood run cold despite the difficulties as Vaccines have almost been developed and are in the testing phase. We can hope for the best but we should prepare ourselves for the worst as well. 

Nobody knows when shall we get rid of this crippling disease but we all know that no pandemic lasts forever.

Written By Mohammad Shahzad and Muhammad Atif Khan

Comment Using Facebook

Check Also

21 lessons for the 21st century-Book review

‘A wise old man was asked what he learnt about the meaning of life; ‘Well,’ …

18,031 comments

  1. Outstanding quest there. What occurred after? Take care!

  2. This design is incredible! You most certainly know how to keep a
    reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
    Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

  3. I will immediately snatch your rss feed as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription hyperlink or
    newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly permit me understand in order that I may subscribe.
    Thanks.

  4. Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

  5. Hello to all, it’s truly a pleasant for me to visit this web page,
    it consists of valuable Information.

  6. Appreciate this post. Will try it out.|

  7. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot
    you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you
    might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to
    seeing it improve over time.

  8. Its like you read my thoughts! You appear to grasp
    a lot about this, like you wrote the ebook in it or something.
    I think that you simply can do with a few p.c. to power the message house a bit, however other than that, that is excellent blog.
    An excellent read. I’ll definitely be back.

  9. This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact impressed to read all
    at alone place.

  10. I like the helpful information you provide for your
    articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check once more right here frequently.
    I’m fairly certain I’ll be told many new stuff right here!
    Good luck for the following!

  11. If you would like to grow your knowledge just keep visiting this
    web page and be updated with the newest news posted here.

  12. It’s amazing for me to have a web site, which is useful for my know-how. thanks admin|

  13. For hottest news you have to pay a quick visit the web and on internet I found this
    web site as a most excellent website for latest updates.

  14. Incredible story there. What occurred after? Good luck!

  15. Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Carry on the great work!

  16. Unquestionably imagine that which you said.

    Your favorite justification appeared to be on the web the simplest factor to have in mind of.
    I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people think about concerns that
    they just do not understand about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the
    whole thing with no need side-effects , other people could take a signal.
    Will likely be again to get more. Thanks

  17. Have you ever considered creating an e-book or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.|

  18. Its such as you learn my mind! You appear to understand a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the e-book in it or something. I feel that you just can do with a few p.c. to power the message house a bit, but other than that, that is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.|

  19. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this info for my mission.|

  20. After looking at a handful of the articles on your web site, I seriously like your way of writing a blog.
    I bookmarked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near
    future. Please visit my website as well and tell me how you feel.

  21. Hi, i think that i saw you visited myy website thus i came to return thee
    want?.I’m attempting to find issues to improve my web site!I assume its ok to make use of some of
    your ideas!!

  22. Private loans could take minutes not days.

  23. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who has been conducting a little research on this.
    And he actually bought me lunch due to the fact
    that I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this….
    Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the
    time to talk about this matter here on your internet site.

  24. Wonderful post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.

    Cheers!

  25. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your site.
    You have some really good articles and I think I would
    be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to
    write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please send me an e-mail if interested. Thank you!

  26. If some one desires to be updated with most up-to-date
    technologies therefore he must be pay a quick visit
    this web page and be up to date every day.

  27. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you could be
    a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back
    in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue
    your great work, have a nice evening!

  28. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  29. Great іnfo. Lucҝy me I camne across your site bʏ chance (stumbleupon).
    I’ve book-mɑrked itt for latеr!

  30. General furnace heating system tune-ups, etc.

  31. Avoid taking the outfit without prper identity even though they have cheap estimates.
    On the other hand, there might be an absence of of interest from her end.
    This change of hsart was difficult acknowledge.

Leave a Reply to Mason Vandevsen Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.