In Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic that erupted in China, they are building 1000 beds in just ten days. The structure will be 25 thousand square meters large: workers and bulldozers are already working on an area previously used as a holiday center.
According to the People's Daily, the construction works (at the bottom of the piece the video and photos) should be completed by February 3 next. The engineers at the head of the project cited by another newspaper, the South China Morning Post, had originally spoken of only six days for the construction: to quote the final date of February 3, however, are the state television CCTV and the Xinhua agency.
In 2003, at the time of the Sars emergency, 7,000 workers completed the Xiaotangshan hospital in the suburbs of Beijing in just a week. The city authorities have explained that they will take example from this hospital.
Coronavirus, the vaccine could be tested in three months
While a hospital is being built in Whuan in record time to contain the virus, one of the world's leading immunology experts, Anthony S. Fauci, explains that "a vaccine against the new coronavirus could be tested on humans in record time. , less than three months, compared to the 20 months of the experimental vaccine for Sars ". Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (the US government control agency responsible for research and public health), explains in his latest essay published in the journal scientific Jama that "the advances in technology related to Sars have significantly compressed the time for its development."
In the text, the scientist, with the other authors, retraces the two previous episodes of coronavirus epidemics that initially caused the global chaos by describing the steps necessary to contain the current one. "Although the trajectory of this outbreak is impossible to predict - the authors write - an effective response requires timely action from the point of view of dissemination prevention strategies, as well as with respect to the timely development and implementation of effective countermeasures".
In this regard, the paper underlines how current studies at Niaid-funded institutions are developing diagnostic tests to quickly detect the 2019-nCoV infection, which started from the Chinese city of Wuhan, and are exploring the use of antiviral drugs to broad range. They are also adapting the approaches used with the Sars and Mers experimental vaccines to initiate the development of candidate vaccines. The emergence of another human disease outbreak caused by a pathogen from a viral family previously believed to be relatively benign, that of coronaviruses, conclude Anthony Fauci and the co-authors of the article, "underlines the perpetual challenge of emerging infectious diseases and the importance of prolonged preparation ".