Alon, as an infection protection control expert do you have a sense on the vaccine front in terms of development?




Answered by Dr. Alon Vaisman, Infection Control Physician, UHN.
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Question:
Alon, as an infection protection control expert do you have a sense on the vaccine front in terms of development?

Answer:
As far as I know this is still going to be several months away or maybe more than a year away, there's many challenges that are faced with developing a vaccine. We don't have currently even a vaccine against any of the coronaviruses that are known to man including...

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Original air date: May 7, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.

Dr. Alon Vaisman:
As far as I know this is still going to be several months away or maybe more than a year away, there's many challenges that are faced with developing a vaccine. We don't have currently even a vaccine against any of the coronaviruses that are known to man including the seasonal coronavirus so that we see every year and then the more deadlier coronavirus is the ones deadlier than COVID, there’s SARS and MERS. So it's gonna be challenging to develop this of course there's the on the bright side there's a lot of funding going into this across the world and also when the bright side there's many many labs across the world working on this. Developing a vaccine for respiratory viruses is challenging in it of itself and right now we only have one that we ever use that's consistently used and that's the influenza vaccine and even that requires annual vaccination so there is some signs that we should be optimistic in terms of the funding and the input from all sorts of countries around the world and hopefully this is on its way within the next maybe year maybe longer than that.


[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: May 7, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.




Answered by Dr. Alon Vaisman, Infection Control Physician, UHN.
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