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Scientists Working on ‘Super Vaccine’ For All COVID Variants, May Also Prevent Any Future Outbreak

Published On Jun 25, 2021, Updated On Jul 02, 2021

The scientists at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health have developed a universal vaccine that will not just protect an individual against all COVID-19 variants. The vaccine will not just offer protection, but also prevent future coronavirus pandemics. 

The scientists were able to assemble a vaccine that was able to protect the mice from SARS-CoV-2. The vaccine could also offer protection against other coronaviruses that can transfer to humans from animals. 

The lead author of the study, David R. Martinez said that the findings look bright for the future as they indicate that we can design more vaccines to fight coronavirus that will guard against viruses that may emerge in humans. David is a postdoctoral researcher at the university, he also believes that with this strategy, we can prevent SARS-CoV-3. 

The researchers began with an mRNA-based vaccine, similar to Pfizer and Moderna, but then chose to incorporate multiple coronavirus mRNA encoding. The result was that the mice who were administered the vaccine could develop effective antibodies against different SARS CoV-2 variants. It was also effective against the B.1.351 lineage of COVID-19 that was first found in South Africa that had a key mutation in its spike protein.  

According to a lead author at the UNC, the vaccine is capable of preventing future outbreaks, if any, as well. 

More research is being conducted. Also, the vaccine could be up for human trials by next year. 

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Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard. 

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