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Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) say they have developed a vaccine that is effective against COVID-19 and all its variants, including the newly-discovered Omicron strain.
In a press release on Dec. 16, researchers in WRAIR’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch (EIDB) said that a series of preclinical study results had shown that the vaccine they have developed, known as the Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle (SpFN) COVID-19 vaccine, “not only elicits a potent immune response but may also provide broad protection against SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern as well as other coronaviruses.”
Scientists developed the SpFN nanoparticle vaccine, based on a ferritin platform, as part of a “forward-thinking pan-SARS strategy that aims to address the current pandemic and acts as the first line of defense against variants of concern and similar viruses that could emerge in the future.”
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