Although it likely will be at least 18 months before a vaccine is available, multiple vaccine efforts are moving forward at full speed, several led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which our foundation helped create in 2017.
To identify and test promising treatments, we recently helped launch a Therapeutics Accelerator that connects experts to the resources they need to move quickly.
And just last week, the results of a study we helped design led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve a new safer, faster and less invasive testing method that may accelerate widespread testing.
In the meantime, all of us can do our part to slow the spread of this disease — and buy time for the people helping us to fight it — by following the advice of the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to wash our hands and stay at home as much as possible.
One day, you may need that nurse. Until then, that nurse needs you.