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Coronavirus vaccine: How close are we to a COVID-19 breakthrough?

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The race is on in laboratories across the globe to produce a vaccine for COVID-19.

In the three months since the virus began its deadly spread, scientists have set off at a sprint to become the first to find a solution.

There are now 335,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which has already claimed more than 15 thousand lives worldwide.

Epidemiologist Dr Seth Berkley says researchers are working at lightning speed and there are now 44 “candidates”’ some which are already in the human clinical trial stage.

“The challenge is now finding which ones work, how to scale those up, manufacture them for large numbers and make them available,” he said on Sunrise.

“The normal time for vaccines is 10 -15 years, so this is not something that is going to occur in a couple of months.”

“However we did manage to find one for ebola in five.”

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