“This report has been prepared by Dr Penny Ward FFPM, with input from Professor Tim Higenbottam FFPM, tranScrip's Dr Flic Gabbay FFPM, Dr Bob Holland FFPM, Dr Sue Tansey FFPM and Dr Tahir Saleem MFPM.
On 28 January 2020, just weeks after the first official reports of the 2019 novel coronavirus began to emerge from Wuhan, China, the U.S. Health and Human Services called a press conference in Washington, D.C. By this point, SARS-CoV-2 had infected thousands and millions were quarantined in China. No treatment for the virus exists. Said Anthony Fauci, Director National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)“We’re looking at the worst scenario that this becomes a bigger outbreak. To stop that outbreak and save lives the world needs a vaccine”."
Ward, P et al. (2020), ‘COVID-19 Vaccine and Antiviral Drug Development’, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine blog, 08 April 2020.
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