Coronavirus exploded into the world from China this month, with more than 3,000 detected in the country in a matter of weeks. The never-before-seen disease, named 2019-nCoV, has acquired airborne transmission and could soon spread more comprehensively through the world.
Is there a vaccine for coronavirus?
Health officials have never encountered 2019-nCoV before, and they are still gathering information on the disease today.
The World Health Organisation has stopped short of calling a global health emergency, but cases have now spread to epidemic proportions, and health services around the planet are on alert.
As part of the push to prevent 2019-nCoV’s passage around the world, researchers have been hard at work developing a vaccine.
“We then use the patient’s own cells to become a factory for the vaccine, strengthening the body’s own natural response mechanisms.”
While the vaccine is in development, it could be a long time before health officials can use it.
Inovio must perform a series of trials before the vaccine debuts, meaning it may not be ready until the end of 2020.
Authorities are worried the virus could spread more quickly than previously thought.
The coronavirus has now reached a total of 13 countries, in part due to how it presents.
According to experts, 2019-CoV is contagious for two weeks before symptoms appear, while incubates in the human body.
The discovery means the virus may escape detection at airport screenings, allowing it to easily spread further afield.
Dr Robin Thompson, a junior research fellow in biological sciences at Oxford University, said the virus has already spread quicker than China’s deadly SARs outbreak nearly 20 years ago.