Coronavirus Vaccine Family Ties

Proud family ties to a developer of a possible coronavirus vaccine.


Professor Dan Leahy, Chairman in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at UT Austin, TX

Tim Leahy, Calbag Metals’ Director of Buying and Marketing shared some information from his brother Dan. A coronavirus vaccine may be ready by fall. Dan Leahy is on the front line working with Global partners on the first vaccine to go to human trial. Leahy, a professor and chairman in the Department of Biosciences at the University of Texas, Austin, says UT researchers have a potential vaccine going through clinical trials.

Professor Leahy spoke with a television journalist in Austin. Historically, Leahy said, it has taken researchers years to develop a vaccine.

“So, the fastest vaccine on record is the mumps vaccine, and it took four years and usually takes five to 10 years,” he said. “But looking at some of the things, if they work and they prove safe, which are big ifs, we could be seeing things this fall.”

Leahy explained if a vaccine is developed and proven safe and effective by fall 2020, the first round would not be a big batch for everyone. It would be for medical workers treating patients with the disease. He said, as far as widespread-use, that’s more likely to be seen in winter 2021.

“There’s a lot of ifs,” Leahy said. “But one of the good things is that the preliminary signs are looking good.”

“Which is quite amazing since we only have the genetic sequence of this virus in the middle of January,” he said.

He also said money is being invested into making sure, if a vaccine is found, it can be developed and produced quickly.

“The government is investing a lot of the money, billions of dollars in stockpiling the top four or five promising vaccines in advance. Even before we know, so that if they prove effective, they will be off to a running start,” he said. “So we won’t have to wait for two or three months to at least have the preliminary stockpile. That’s one thing that’s happening that can make things quickly.”

It all relies on the outcomes of the three stages of clinical trials, but there is a little light at the end of the tunnel.

You can read the full story from KVUE/abc in Austin, TX here:

Want to learn more about vaccines?

From the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/conversations/downloads/vacsafe-understand-color-office.pdf

From NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/05/12/852886535/when-can-we-expect-a-coronavirus-vaccine

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