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Sitting in a freezer for years, potential SARS vaccine now ready for coronavirus trial

Sitting in a freezer for years, potential SARS vaccine now ready for coronavirus trial

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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DHAKA, BANGLADESH - 2020/03/23: A restaurant worker wears a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus at an empty restaurant in Dhaka. Bangladesh has reported its third death from Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, infection. Six new Covid-19 patients were confirmed by Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). As of now, a total of 33 cases have been confirmed. (Photo by Sultan Mahmud Mukut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

why it could become seasonal unlike Sars

Concerns have been raised the coronavirus pandemic may become a seasonal infection.

Virtually unheard of at the start of the year, the strain is triggering life-threatening disease – called COVID-19 – in a relatively small number of patients.

With the global death toll exceeding 15,400, countries throughout Europe have been put on “lockdown”.

While one model suggests this could help save thousands of lives, experts worry the coronavirus may re-emerge next winter, similar to seasonal flu.

This has left some wondering why the circulating coronavirus may become an annual issue, while fellow strain severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) has had no reported cases since 2004.

A man is pictured wearing a mask as he walks past closed shops in Qamishli, Syria, on 23 March. Syria has had one confirmed case. (Getty Images)

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