Category: <span>Vaccines</span>

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The first significant mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

Epidemiologists have been anxiously waiting for months for the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic to mutate. Apparently it already has. In this way, a new study claims to have found the first really significant mutation of the pathogen, and for now we can breathe easy. Virus mutations occur naturally as the pathogen jumps from...

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First patients injected in UK vaccine trial

The first human trial in Europe of a coronavirus vaccine has begun in Oxford with 1,100 people recruited for the study. Two volunteers were injected on Thursday, April 23rd and they will be monitored for 48 hours, before six more people enter the trial on Saturday and a larger number will join at the beginning...

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The coronavirus is mutating

According to Peter Thielen, a molecular biologist at the Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics, SARS-CoV-2 is mutating. Among the thousands of samples of the long chain of RNA that makes up the coronavirus, there are 11 mutations that have become quite common. But as far as is known now, it is always the same...

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Spain is working on two different COVID-19 vaccines

Spain is working on two different vaccines for COVID-19, from the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). The first one is based on the smallpox vaccine and a gene that encodes a coronavirus protein has been introduced to it. This vaccine is safe in humans and therefore would go much faster to clinical trials. However,...

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Is herd immunity the solution?

If we have not been able to contain the COVID-19 pandemic we can at least wait for that point where we have all passed the disease and become immune. This is the strategy of the Government of Boris Johnson (United Kingdom) ―different from that of other countries―, to combat COVID-19. Although this is a tempting...

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Chinese COVID-19 vaccine approved for clinical trials

A subunit vaccine gainst COVID-19 created by experts from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (China) was approved for clinical trials. A subunit vaccine is a type of vaccine that contains only a fragment of the pathogen to stimulate a protective immune response, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is considered safer and...