Sumary of UK vaccine volunteers to help prepare for next virus at new Pandemic Institute:
- A new scientific institute which aims to prevent future pandemics may have been able to save thousands of lives by accelerating vaccine development had it existed before December 2019, its researchers believe.
- Liverpool’s new Pandemic Institute will include a new human challenge facility, where volunteers will test new vaccines and treatments under controlled conditions.
- Human challenge research already takes place in hospitals, but the Pandemic Institute will have a high containment facility outside hospital, which will speed up the process.
- Had the vaccines been available for testing during the first wave, Ferreira believes they could have been ready “at least three months” earlier – at the start of the second wave in October, during which more than 80,000 people died.
- Since novel viruses are usually zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans, one of the main focuses of the new institute will be building a database of diseases affecting animals and trying to work out which might be most likely to cross the species barrier.
- ”That in turn would give vaccine researchers a huge head start compared with current technology.