COVID-19 worldwide: vaccine shows promising results in human trials, countries ease lockdown measures
The American biotech company Moderna announced that their coronavirus vaccine showed promising results in an early clinical trial. Eight participants developed neutralizing antibodies that block coronavirus spread. The next phase of the trial might begin as early as July.
The Moderna company was one of the first to test a vaccine under the control of the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The Moderna is not the only company that conducts human trials. Experts of the Oxford University also test a vaccine on this phase, but there is nothing known about the results yet. Overall, nearly 80 groups of scientists worldwide are working on the development of the medicine.
On the other hand, European countries are gradually lifting the quarantine restrictions. Italian authorities allowed their citizens to travel abroad, though the lockdown in their country was the longest. The Spanish Government developed a four-stage system for lifting the isolation that each region of the country will follow. Mitigation of the quarantine measures in the regions will occur at different rates, depending primarily on the general epidemiological situation.
Lessons began at schools in France. 12- and 13-year-old children of 6th and 5th grades were the first to start. Schools’ administration had to re-develop the entire logistics of admission for teenagers, including reducing the number of children in classes and their movement inside the school.
The Russian authorities also plan to take additional measures to mitigate the quarantine due to the decrease of the COVID-19 spread in some regions of the country. Industrial enterprises and construction sites began operating in Moscow region. These production facilities started to work in Moscow city a week ago. According to the latest data, the number of coronavirus cases in Russia’s capital reached 149,000, bringing the country’s total number of the infected to nearly 300,000. The death toll from COVID-19 here however is much lower than in other countries.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, the number of people infected with coronavirus reached over 4.8 million worldwide.