Updated: Jul 27, 2020
This current pandemic has been with us far too long. It seems like just yesterday we were excited about setting our new year resolutions while heading into a new decade full of optimism, hope, and opportunity. All that changed in early February, with news out of Wuhan, China of a deadly virus spreading like a wildfire across oceans into nations and communities too close to home. Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen some good, some bad; and some down right ugly politics and mishandling of the pandemic occur right in front of our eyes. This article will talk about just that, the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Pandemic of 2020.
While nothing is good about 16+ million people worldwide being infected by SARS-CoV-2; we have seen a glimmer of hope to possibly finding a vaccine/treatment to help loosen it's grip by early 2021. Some of those companies working on vaccines have already entered into clinical trials and received funding through operation warp speed in hopes of delivering a vaccine in record time. Some of the big names and frontrunners for bringing a vaccine to market to combat Covid include; Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX), and Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: INO).
If a vaccine can be brought to market hurriedly these are the most capable of meeting such a strict timeline. A less honorable mention would be Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA), some would think of them as the frontrunner considering all the BARDA funding thrown their way; however, Moderna has shown a lack of integrity in their vaccine dealings thus far. As they are now facing backlash for Patent infringement with the company Arbutus Biopharma (NASDAQ:ABUS); which just won a Patent case against Moderna recently. That takes the odds out of their favor to be the first to market with a vaccine. Also, there has been issues in the past regarding transparency of the safety and efficacy of their vaccine canidate.
On a positive note vaccines are not the only weapon at our disposal to fight against Covid. There are a number of treatments and therapies being developed to help win the battle against SARS-CoV-2. The big 3 in this race that I like to call them are Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN), Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), and Sorrento Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRNE). There is no doubt that all the experts agree that getting a vaccine to market in time may not work. Therefore, treatments and therapies are the next best thing. The Big 3 I just mentioned are doing just that by working on using antibodies through different methods to inhibit the infection of human cells by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Each of the Big 3 are using their own methods of producing and introducing antibodies to the human body. Sorrento Therapeutics may not have the same amount of funding as the other two, but their pipeline for covid treatments is massive; which, puts them as one of the frontrunners to easing the pain caused by covid and getting our lives back to normal. With so many shots at goal it would be difficult for them to miss. An honorable mention in the category of treatments would be Celularity, a privately held company run by the tough, but brilliant Dr. Robert Hariri. Dr.Hariri is working on developing natural killer cells and has recently received recognition for his CYNK-001 as a potential therapy for SARS-CoV-2.
Last, but not the least. The handling of this pandemic has been absolutely egregious by our trusted experts. Because this isn't the time to point fingers and find blame, I will not mention names. However, as a proud citizen of the greatest nation in the world, I expect more from our leaders. This pandemic has presented an opportunity to come together and put aside our differences to achieve the common good. Those that are ill and being disproportionally affected by this pandemic could care less about the bickering between party lines. Just do us all a favor, and serve the people you were sworn to protect before taking office. That means bringing to market rapid covid testing, implementing efficient contact tracing, and leading by example when asking citizens to social distance and wear masks.
Together we will make it through this. Until then let's hope for less of the bad and the ugly; so that we can use the good things about our nation to defeat this invisible enemy!