Currently there are more than 160 COVID-19 vaccines being developed worldwide and about 30 have entered human trials. Scientists and researchers are racing to find a safe and effective vaccine by next year. Recently I participated in webinars giving an update on the Moderna Therapeutics and Johnson & Johnson vaccine development. Participating in these webinars gives me hope that life will resume back to normal by the end of 2021. There will be hurdles to overcome such as creating and evaluating vaccines at an accelerated pace, and how companies will manufacture, store and distribute millions of doses but the experts are working tirelessly to overcome these obstacles. Missouri is playing an important role in the vaccine development with Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis enrolling almost 3,000 participants in several COVID-19 vaccine trials, with each school participating in different trials.
Thank you to the researchers, physicians and scientists who are moving cures and therapies forward in this challenging time.