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Old 03-24-2020, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Magiver View Post
We're already testing a vaccine. The year-long wait would be for traditional medical trials. I would expect something to hit the market much sooner given the situation.
Traditional medical trials take longer than a year. A year is an extremely accelerated rollout. This is assuming the vaccine is safe and shows efficacy. 8 months from now they may be starting over. The very preliminary trials now may show a vaccine is safe enough after a few months, but it will take longer to show if it works at all. No point in gearing up to vaccinate the world with something that doesn't actually work, or has profound side effects. I know many groups are working on multiple different vaccines, so hopefully at least one of them will work out. Double hopefully one will work so well that trials can be halted early and it is put into immediate use.