Vaccine v Treatment
With so much research going into COVID-19 and with some many drug candidates being suggested as solutions, it is easy to get confused with what each drug is doing and how it helps.
Vaccines for COVID-19:
Prevent people getting COVID-19
No existing Coronavirus treatment
Research picking up from failed research on SARS & MERS
Requires Clinical Trials process and production facilities
Estimate: 18 months to develop
Treatments for COVID-19:
Help people with the more severe COVID-19
Typically existing drugs available used to treat other diseases
Clinical Trials on potential candidates quicker
Blunt the severity of COVID-19
Both types of drugs are critical pillars in tackling COVID-19 (and future potential strains).