Coronavirus: Expert says cure may be found before vaccine is ready

Coronavirus: Expert says cure may be found before vaccine is ready

- Professor Jeremy Nel, a South African expert helping to find a solution to the Covid-19 issue, has weighed in on the situation

- Nel feels it is more likely that a successful treatment will be found before a vaccine will be ready

- Nel is leading a local team participating in the World Health Organisation's solidarity trial

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The coronavirus pandemic in South Africa is a challenge that numerous countries around the world are currently facing.

The World Health Organisation's solidarity trial is a global collaboration to find a successful treatment against the virus, and SA has signed up to participate.

Professor Jeremy Nel is leading the team of local experts participating in this trial and, speaking to eNCA, he says it is more likely that the answer will lie in treatment, not a vaccine.

This is, in part, due to the length of time a vaccine will take to create and then the significant task of distributing enough of it across the world.

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The trial has experts testing already existing medication in the hopes of finding a method that works.

With these medications easily accessible across the world, it would make the international fight an easier one:

"The drugs that we are trying as part of this trial are already available in substantial amounts around the world and if we can show that they work they that will enable us to start treatment."

Nel explained that a successful vaccine, if one is found, would take over a year to be developed:

"I think it's quite likely and that is because the vaccines are still being developed and they will take at least 12-18 months." reported that the number of confirmed cases has risen to 1 655 on Monday, with a total of 11 fatalities.

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