Forget a Covid-19 vaccine; scientists are working on a vaccine for all coronaviruses according to the NY Times.
Covid-19 is a huge problem even as vaccines are slowly rolling out to help us build immunity to it. The goal is herd immunity meaning if enough of us have immunity, the virus will have little if any impact on society.
The problem is, your immunity may not work against the next variant and you may need a booster shot to get additional immunity. Covid-19 is also known as SARS-2, since twenty years ago, SARS-1 was a serious concern yet it never made the impact as this virus has. Many common colds are coronaviruses.
What if scientists could figure out how to structure a vaccine that immunizes us against all coronaviruses?
Since a pandemic like this one can happen again, developing a vaccine that immunizes us from all corona viruses makes sense.
Check out what the latest researchers have to say about it and where researchers are in the race for a pancoronavirus vaccine that will give us universal immunity to coronaviruses.
Could a Single Vaccine Work Against All Coronaviruses?
Scientists are working on a shot that could protect against Covid-19, its variants, certain seasonal colds — and the next coronavirus pandemic.
By Carl Zimmer Published Feb. 9, 2021
The invention of Covid-19 vaccines will be remembered as a milestone in the history of medicine, creating in a matter of months what had before taken up to a decade. But Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, the director of Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md., isn’t satisfied.
“That’s not fast enough,” he said. More than 2.3 million people around the world have died, and many countries will not have full access to the vaccines for another year or two: “Fast — truly fast — is having it there on day one.”