The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is possibly the most significant problem humanity has had to face in this century. Everyone is affected and giving it their all to try and beat this outbreak that has taken so many lives. However, we will not be sure until we discover a vaccine. Scientists all over the world are working hard to develop a vaccine that will save countless lives. This is important, and vaccination will be the way we finally end this pandemic.
It might take a while, though, and this is a learning process. Since this virus appeared unexpectedly, finding a vaccine is proving to be harder than before. However, this will help us be more prepared for the future. Experts are already working on new ways to develop vaccines that will make the process much faster and will help us handle situations like this one with more ease. It is reported that at least 35 different vaccines for the COVID-19 coronavirus are being developed all over the world. However, in the future, we might have some new methods of developing it.
Artificial Intelligence Helping The Fight
There are already scientists using artificial intelligence in their fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. Perhaps in the future, we will be able to use artificial intelligence to speed up the process of making vaccines. If this turns out to be a prosperous project, it would make a major shift in medicine, and help humanity immensely. There are many reasons to be anxious about the usage of artificial intelligence, or AI; however, this actually might make a positive impact on the world.
Many scientists agree that the reputation of AI research is not stellar, due to people being concerned about its usage in privacy, facial recognition, and creating fake videos. However, this is their attempt to proving that it can be used for the greater good. Oren Etzioni, the CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), and a computer science professor, spoke about the importance of artificial intelligence at times like these and presented this idea.
New Ways To Develop Vaccines
The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, or CORD-19, is a project that connects numerous scientists and experts in their fight to find better ways to deal with this pandemic that is destroying the world. This project is using language processing developed by AI2 to analyze multiple scientific papers about the COVID-19 coronavirus quickly, and thereby help scientists learn more about the virus and understand it better. This technology is beneficial because it extracts only the most crucial information, and helps reduce the overload of different data that the scientists need to process.
This reduction of data helps the discovery of vaccines immensely because scientists have more time to focus on other more critical aspects of their research. They do not need to go through large amounts of data anymore. There are different ways to produce vaccines currently that seem more doable than using artificial intelligence.
One interesting way to speed the process up is to use all the data used to develop vaccines for previous pandemics. Existing vaccines can prove to be quite helpful. This data can also fall under the data that is analyzed by the artificial intelligence developed by AI2.
Another approach that scientists are looking into right now is the development of DNA vaccines. Usually, most vaccines would be made from the attenuated form of the virus they are preventing, which makes our body produce the antibodies. However, DNA vaccines have a different approach. They do not use the virus itself, but rather only a small part of its DNA, which contains the instructions for making the antibodies used by our cells.