As of now, there is still no Coronavirus vaccine that has been reported to cure confirmed victims with the deadly disease. However, this might change soon as a group of Australian scientists made a 'significant breakthrough' on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Australian Lab discovered how to re-create the pattern of the Coronavirus-- making it possible also to develop a vaccine that will cure all the positive victims.
Did Australian scientists just discover coronavirus vaccines?
First reported via ABC News, a major breakthrough in the fight against World Health Organization's recently identified "public health emergency," the 2019-nCov or known as the Novel Coronavirus, has been made by experts at Melbourne's Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Australia.
They were the very first scientists that successfully developed a lab-grown version of the disease in a lab outside of China. The scientists described this discovery as a "game-changer" to the health problem. They said that they will now share their research with the World Health Organization in Europe-- in order for them to identify whether there can be a vaccine to fight against the virus.
Dr. Julian Druce, Doherty Institute's Virus Identification Laboratory Head, said that their research will speed up WHO's experiment to create a Coronavirus vaccine as they can now do critical tests to their established lab-grown version disease.
"Chinese officials released the genome sequence of this novel coronavirus, which is helpful for diagnosis. However, having the real virus means we now have the ability to actually validate and verify all test methods and compare their sensitivities and specificities," Dr. Druce said.
Lab-grown coronavirus will help build early diagnosis tests
One of the most important benefits of the said successful experiment is also by creating early diagnosis tests for all suspected victims of Coronavirus.
According to the report, there are times that a confirmed Coronavirus victim will not show any visible symptoms such as common cold or flu. In this way, the lab-grown version of the disease will help countries and WHO to identify antibody tests in order to detect the virus in patients that don't show any symptoms but came from Wuhan, China-- where the virus was originated.
Coronavirus confirmed cases around the globe
As of Jan. 31, a total of 231 deaths and more than 9,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus were already listed down around the world.
The United States already has six confirmed cases, Australia, with nine cases, and Japan and Thailand that both have 14 confirmed cases. Other countries like India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines have one confirmed case from each country.
The U.S. government already warned citizens to no longer travel to China due to the increasing health threat of the disease.