BREAKING: Researchers looking into polio vaccine for protection against the Coronavirus
Both poliovirus and coronavirus are positive-strand RNA viruses and might be affected by mutual innate immunity mechanisms.
As researchers continue to try and find a vaccine for the coronavirus, some experts believe that an already existing vaccine might be of help.
A team of experts is of the opinion that a polio vaccine might work against the coronavirus, as there is already enough evidence that the vaccine saves children against a wide range of infections.
An oral polio vaccine is cost-effective, safe, and widely available, with over a billion doses produced worldwide annually in more than 140 countries.
The polio vaccine injects a weakened version of the poliovirus, which produces a strong and long-lasting immunity response. They are slower to manufacture than modern vaccines that are created using a piece of genetic material from a virus. However, researchers from the United States and European countries are working on a vaccine for the coronavirus are focusing on quicker ways.
”It makes sense to check once”
Konstantin Chumakov of the FDA and Dr. Robert Gallo of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine said that it would make sense to at least check once if it helps against the coronavirus.
The two wrote in a magazine that they suggest the use of Oral Poliovirus Vaccine (OPV) to treat or prevent the coronavirus. Both poliovirus and coronavirus are positive-strand RNA viruses and might be affected by mutual innate immunity mechanisms.
‘’Oral poliovirus vaccine, in particular, could provide temporary protection against coronavirus disease’’, the two wrote.
The oral polio vaccine has herd effects. Herd immunity is reached when a big majority of the population becomes immune to infectious disease because they have recovered from the virus or through vaccination.
What is the risk of complications?
The risk of complications due to OPV is low. It can cause a ‘polio-like complication’ but in one out of every 3 million doses given and in children with a weak immune system.
Doctors know that the benefits of the vaccine spread beyond the targeted germs.
There are many vaccines in the development phase against the coronavirus and are in various stages of testing. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he is a positive one of the vaccines that will be proven safe and effective by the first quarter of 2021.
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