5th March 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is a crisis today that is only the beginning. The ‘writing is on the wall’: other viruses of animal origin are just around the corner. The USA and wider world were not prepared for this devastating zoonotic disease, which is believed to have been spawned in bats. And while diseases transmitted from animals to humans have been being addressed by biomedical research scientists for many years now, we now need a prompt realisation and recognition of the critical need to finally institutionalise the interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary (minus the superiority of the egoistic traditionalists of the past) One Health concept/approach, before other potentially worse culprits emerge, such as Nipah virus with a 40-75% mortality rate!
The concept of developing efficacious vaccines against zoonoses is already here, as has been demonstrated by the fast-forwarding of COVID-19 immunisation products from the biopharma companies Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, with others in the pipeline. ...