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Vaccines for COVID-19: What Is Our Best Shot?

How close are we to a vaccine for COVID-19 and what do we know of the current contenders? Tune in to The Big Story!

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Even as curbs have been put on movement of people across the world, a majority of the population is still vulnerable in the absence of a cure for the novel coronavirus.

While Hydroxychloroquine tablets may have received the most media attention as a possible treatment option – or even a prophylactic, among a host of other existing drugs being tested to treat symptoms of COVID-19 – experts say there’s no certainty on how much of it really works.

So, this is our current conundrum: the strict lockdowns or the restrictions cannot go on forever without killing the economy, but neither do we have a cure or immunisation yet. The only other option we can hope for at this point of time is a vaccination and vaccine researchers are running full tilt to develop one.

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US had begun its first human trials in March. Oxford in the UK has also recently begun trials on human volunteers – the biggest trial so far, with over 6,000 participants. And then there's also billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, who is hoping to be able to manufacture vaccines in a year, if things go well.

But, how close are we to a vaccine for COVID-19? And what do we know of the current contenders? Tune in to The Big Story!

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