While a vaccine against coronavirus has not yet been developed, researchers are working on temporary treatments to alleviate the effect of the virus. When the approval was received, the developers of the possible treatment, which will be used in a short time, answered those who were curious about the treatment with question and answer.
While the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread unavoidably, today there are no vaccines or drugs that can counteract this epidemic. While developing a new vaccine will take 12 to 18 months, according to experts, only measures are taken to stop the virus.
Of course, efforts to develop a vaccine against coronavirus continue at full speed. For the time being, there is no vaccine that can stop the virus completely, but at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Head of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Arturo Casadevall is working on a temporary vaccine.
Temporary vaccine against coronavirus:
Casadevall and Albert Einstein Liise-mother Pirofski from Albert Einstein School of Medicine shared in an article published on March 13 that people who managed to get rid of the COVID-19 virus produced a new vaccine with the fluids of their blood. He made a new interview with Global Heath NOW.
Arturo Casadevall said in an interview that vaccine tests can begin within 3-4 weeks if approved. Casedevall said that if vaccine tests are performed, the vaccine predicts that it will be available worldwide early in the summer. However, the scientist also answered some important questions about the vaccine.
How can plasma (the liquid part of the blood) be effective against coronavirus ?:
When you get rid of many viral diseases, your blood has neutralizing antibodies. These are antibodies that kill the virus. After recovery, plasma can be taken from donors. It is the same as donating blood, but fluid is taken from the blood instead of taking the red blood cells. So they take the plasma. Plasma itself is a drug. It can be used to prevent infection for people exposed to the virus or as a treatment for those who are sick.
This is not a vaccine. Think of it as the application of a protein, a fluid that gives people immunity.
Was this method also used in China?
Yes. China even sent 90 tons of plasma to Italy.
What is the difference between this method and the Chinese method?
The Chinese assumed that everyone who healed had antibodies, and therefore continued to use plasma. Although the data have not been published yet, they reported good results. When the patients recovered, they took the plasma and used it in those who needed it.
We reveal something much more complex that we will actually measure the virus-killing antibody in humans before donating. However, we will only use the highest strength plasma.
Does this have a side effect?
Plasma is very safe. Bloodborne pathogens are screened and transplanted with blood. So you don’t have a transfer reaction. Blood transfusion is one of the most organized industries in the USA.