A recent headline in the Houston Chronicle posed an intriguing question: "UTMB once helped defeat Ebola. Can it replicate that success with coronavirus?"
It's an urgent priority. Every day, the number of COVID-19 infections continues to grow and the death toll continues to mount.
At UTMB, we're hard at work on a solution. UTMB's research talent is at the forefront of the global fight against infectious diseases, including this newest coronavirus.
As one of only two laboratories of its kind in the United States, our Galveston National Laboratory was established in 2009 to provide advanced research on and develop countermeasures against the world's worst infectious diseases. Throughout the lab, UTMB researchers are attacking the virus on several fronts:
- We're hard at work on a vaccine.
- We're developing a better test that can detect asymptomatic carriers of the disease.
- And we've devised a tool for rapid evaluation of the antibody-inducing capabilities of potential vaccines, reducing the time it takes to get a vaccine to market.
But that work is resource intensive. Without philanthropic support from dedicated individuals, life-saving advances like these are elusive.
We know many are facing trying times. Lives have been upended. Livelihoods have been compromised, and communities have been torn apart.
If you can, please consider investing in a solution and helping us restore hope.