In a big breakthrough, a biochemistry faculty at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has invented a possible vaccine for the contagious coronavirus disease 2019.
The University of Hyderabad (UoH) issued a statement saying that Dr. Seema Mishra, who is a faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, has developed a vaccine called T-cell epitopes and it is up for experimental testing.
The University has claimed that Seema Mishra has created small coronaviral molecules that are used by cells to trigger the immune system to destroy the infected cells.
According to the University, the potential vaccines invented by their faculty do not destroy the human cells or proteins, instead, they trigger the immune system to act against the virus. These results are yet to be confirmed experimentally, and the vaccine is still under investigation.
In their statement, the University of Hyderabad (UoH) said, “Right now, the best defense to prevent further nCoV infections is social distancing. Vaccination will take some time due to the need for further work on these candidate epitopes. We are hopeful that our computational findings will provide a cost and time-effective framework for rapid experimental trials towards an effective nCoV vaccine.”
Researchers often need 1-1.5 years in order to invent a vaccine, but the availability of powerful computational tools made it possible to invent these possible vaccines within 10 days.