The vaccines to end all vaccines may soon be accessible, and can even potentially end the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.
The scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are expected to announce within weeks that they have successfully developed a vaccine that is effective against Covid-19 and all of its variants, including Omicron, as well as against SARS-origin viruses that have killed millions of people worldwide.
As reported by Defense One, the vaccine is the result of nearly two years of work that involved nearly all of Walter Reed’s 2,500 researchers. Both testing phases on animals and then on humans were rendered successful- and now the vaccine in question is undergoing a final review.
Speaking about the next step, which is to test the vaccine among those who have already been vaccinated, or previously infected with the coronavirus, Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of Walter Reed’s infectious diseases branch said, “We need to evaluate it in the real-world setting and try to understand how does the vaccine perform in much larger numbers of individuals who have already been vaccinated with something else initially…or already been sick. We decided to take a look at the long game rather than just only focusing on the original emergence of SARS, and instead understand that viruses mutate, there will be variants that emerge, future viruses that may emerge in terms of new species. Our platform and approach will equip people to be prepared for that.”
Known as the Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle (SpFN) COVID vaccine, the jab uses a protein shaped like a soccer ball, and each of the molecule’s 24 different faces could carry a different spike protein drawn from unique COVID variants, creating a broad immune response against the coronavirus.