By Analou De Vera
As several health experts are working on developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (nCoV), an official of the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that it takes at least a year to make a vaccine.
Developing a vaccine is a long process, Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said.
“Hindi nakaka-develop ng vaccine ng mabilis [One cannot quickly develop a vaccine]. “Unlike any other medicine, it will take a year or a few years [before it is fully developed],” the health official said.
He revealed that during the clinical trial, the possible vaccine will be tested on laboratory animals and then on humans.
Domingo made the revelation as it was reported that the Chinese government has approved clinical trials of an antiviral drug that can potentially treat patients afflicted with 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that there is still “no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus.”
“Some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to coordinate efforts to develop medicines to treat nCoV with a range of partners,” it said.