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Pentagon’s science arm working on coronavirus ‘firewall’ to protect people until the vaccine is ready

Diane Francis

March 19, 2020

In the midst of the gloom of the coronavirus pandemic, there is a shimmering of good news, thanks to the much-maligned U.S. military-industrial complex: through its Pandemic Prevention Platform (P3), the Pentagon’s cutting-edge science research arm — the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — is currently working to create a “firebreak” therapy to address the contagion crisis.

The term “firebreak” refers to any obstacle that is able to prevent the spread of fire. DARPA’s “firebreak” therapy aims to provide protection for people until a COVID-19 vaccine can be created in 12 to 18 months. The therapy is already being tested and, if successful, could be ready, on a mass basis, in as little as three months. It works by tricking the human body into guarding against the virus for up to six months at a time.

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Blood from recovered COVID-19 patients is a key resource for scientists

It can also be an emergency treatment

Nicole Wetsman

Mar 19, 2020

Scientists also turn to the blood of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 as a possible stopgap treatment for the most at-risk people. Because their blood plasma is presumably full of protective substances like antibodies, if it’s injected into sick people, it may help them fight off disease. It’s an old strategy and dates back as far as the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak in the United States, when doctors reported that it helped reduce the number of deaths in seriously ill patients. Recently, it’s been used on an experimental basis to treat people with MERS, H1N1, and Ebola.


Very interesting article which touches on a number of areas