The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study is underway, thanks to funding from the Trump Administration. But the U.S. isn't the only country making progress.
The race is on to develop a vaccine. More than a 140 are being tested worldwide. That includes clinical trials in Australia, the UK, even Indonesia. Houston's Baylor College of Medicine will soon be testing volunteers as part of a Phase 3 clinical trial. Doctor Hana El Sahly, associate professor of molecular virology and microbiology and medicine, says it's vital researchers are working on different potential solutions.
“We do not know for sure in advance which one is going to work, so we need to maximize our chances of success, by studying different platforms for the vaccine,” El Sahly said.
There's still no timetable on when we might have a sure-fire vaccine for everyone. The Trump Administration is working with private companies to speed up the research. Despite the White House investing billions in research, liberal groups are criticizing the president, saying the U.S. not ready to distribute a vaccine.