Scientists probe vaccines that could ward off Covid—and its entire SARS lineage

July 29, 2022 (wired@newsletters.wired.com)
Staying on top of the ever-changing SARS-CoV-2 virus has proven to be a challenging task. But scientists are working on new types of vaccines that the virus won’t be able to out-evolve. The most ambitious of these would hypothetically be able to target the entire coronavirus family, including the strains responsible for many common colds, as well as SARS. Another option would be to develop a shot that could thwart all of the virus’s potential future offspring, and there are already several candidates that take this approach.While those vaccines may not be ready for humans for some time, efforts are currently underway to develop shots that take on both Covid and the common cold, as well as more recent mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. At a White House Summit earlier this week, officials outlined a grand vision for nasal mists and skin patches that could prevent infections, not just hospitalizations and deaths. Of course, when it comes to executing that plan, there’s one more hurdle to overcome beyond the science: where to get the money.

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