PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The researchers at Pitt tasked with developing a coronavirus vaccine say it could take until early next year to have one ready.
At this moment, the university is working on three separate vaccines.READ MORE: Inbound Lanes Of Parkway East Closed Due To Overturned Tractor-Trailer Crash
According to the researchers, safety is the reason it takes so long to develop a vaccine and make it available to the public.READ MORE: Port Authority Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Policy For Employees, Adds Cash Incentive
“You can show safety in an animal model, but those animals are genetically similar,” said Dr. William Klimstra, an associate professor at Pitt’s Immunology Department. “It results in there having to be many people who get the vaccine and are evaluated for whether or not they have adverse reactions to it. But really, honestly, in terms of the time it’s going to take to get something into the marketplace that is the number one consideration.”MORE NEWS: Two People Sentenced To Prison For Roles In Deadly 2019 Sheraden Shooting
Dr. Klimstra says, in his opinion, we’ll see something like this pandemic in our future and for that reason, we will need to have treatments ready to go just in case.