A coronavirus vaccine is being developed in record time. But don’t expect that technology to speed up flu vaccines — yet.
CLOSE Pressure to create a coronavirus vaccine is increasing by the day, but for a safe vaccine to enter the market, it takes time. USA TODAYImagine generating a vaccine for the novel coronavirus from your immune system. The virus that causes COVID-19 has swept the globe with about 1.3 million infections and 70,000 deaths through Sunday evening.Development of a widely available vaccine can take a year or more while a virus continues its rampage.Key to the race to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus is a technology that uses the virus’ genetic code to essentially persuade your body to make its own vaccine. This technique is faster than egg-based manufacturing, which produces the majority of annual flu vaccines and led to delays in distributing a vaccine for H1N1 during the 2009 pandemic.And it’s enabling a possible vaccine for the new coronavirus to be developed in record time.Coronavirus updates:Get the latest in USA TODAY’s live blog“It’s quicker to get started,” said Clem Lewin, who is working on vaccine candidates for the manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur. “All you need is the blueprint for the protein.”Testing still will take time. Scientists must determine whether any of several vaccine candidates fight the virus effectively. If so, they need to determine the