Rotary observes World Immunization Week from April 24th through May 1st, 2020. What is the current status of developing a vaccine for use against the COVID-19 virus?  

   The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages on the website for the Centers for Disease Control is quite interesting and worth reading through. While there is a lot of conflicting information about COVID-19 “out there” on the web, the CDC is an authoritative source of information. 

 

   Rotary International is a strong proponent of vaccines, pointing to the incredible success of the polio vaccine in nearly eradicating that disease. 

   COVID-19 vaccine trials, which began in Seattle on March 17th, 2020, are now taking place in a number of different locations around the globe using different drugs and different approaches

 

   It is, as yet, not possible to accurately predict when a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready for human use. Such a vaccine could possibly be ready by spring or late summer of 2021, which is much faster than normal. Researchers, of course, are racing to accelerate that timeline to the extent possible but most indications at present point to a vaccine being ready later rather than sooner. 

 

For more information

Centers for Disease Control / Coronavirus Disease 2019

Rotary International

WebMD / Vaccine for Coronavirus (COVID)-19

Rotary District 7070 / PolioPlus and COVID-19

World Health Organization