By Missy Crane | February 21, 2020
God Bless Texas!
Just when you think everything is going to hell in a handbasket, Texas steps in and saves the day.
Or at least their on their way to saving the day.
A new report reveals that a Texas-based genetic engineering company has finished developing a coronavirus vaccine.
Scientists at “Greffex Inc.” out of Houston (and a laboratory in Aurora, Colorado) just completed the vaccine this week.
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The next step is for the vaccine to move to animal testing – which is required by the FDA, before being available to the public.
For safety reasons, Greffex did not use a living or killed virus to form the vaccine, according to Price. Instead, adenovirus-based vector vaccines, which are widely employed against various infectious diseases or cancers, were used, the report noted.
“The trick in making a vaccine is can you scale the vaccine that you’ve made to be able to make a certain number of doses, can you test that vaccine quickly and efficiently and then can you get it into patients,” Price told local outlet KHOU 11. “And that’s where we have an edge as well on the other companies that are out there.”
The vaccine is the product of an $18.9 million contract Greffex received in September 2019 from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, aimed at fighting infectious threats, the Business Journal reported.
If the vaccine wins government approval, Greffex will give it away for free to the hardest-hit countries, Price said.
More than 2,100 people have died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, with all but 11 of those deaths in mainland China. Worldwide, more than 75,700 people have been infected. [New York Post]
This is news comes as more and more outbreaks are being reported.
Also, word is spreading that animals can also spread the virus to humans.
Hopefully, they can get this vaccine through the FSA process at an accelerated rate.
This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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