Could next-generation vaccines finally end the covid-19 pandemic?

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Nasal vaccines that prevent people from catching the coronavirus may help stem transmission, while universal vaccines could target proteins found in every SARS-CoV-2 variant

Health 29 July 2022

By Michael Le Page

A person is vaccinated against covid-19 at Wembley Stadium in London, the UK, in December 2021

A person is vaccinated against covid-19 at Wembley Stadium in London, the UK, in December 2021

Photo by Xinhua/Shutterstock

The coronavirus vaccines have been a brilliant success, possibly saving tens of millions of lives. But they haven’t ended the pandemic and their effectiveness has been eroded by the evolution of variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. A new generation of covid-19 vaccines is needed – but what exactly should this involve?

The US plans to roll out boosters that target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants. Yet variant-specific boosters aren’t going to be …

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