Thousands of doses of a potential vaccine for severe acute respiratory syndrome have been sitting in a freezer in Houston, Texas, shelved since 2016 after most of the world lost interest in the disease.
Now, four years later, they have been given new life because scientists hope they will also work for COVID-19.
Depending on the amount given to patients, anywhere from 23,000 to 230,000 doses of vaccine are at a storage facility called Cryogene in Houston.
“We just could not get any money. Not from the government and not from private industry,” said Maria Elena Bottazzi, a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and one of the vaccine’s developers.
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