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Nasal COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in animals

Nasal COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in animals

Researchers from the University of Maryland shared in November 2023 that they have made progress in developing a nasal spray vaccine that delivers the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to cells in the airway. Their research paper, published in Nature communications, reveals...

CEPI and University of Oxford: vaccines against Junín virus

CEPI and University of Oxford: vaccines against Junín virus

In November 2023 CEPI and the University of Oxford announced a new project to “initiate the early development of prototype vaccines” against the Junín virus. This has been selected as an “exemplar” of the Arenavirus family, with the hope that the resources generated...

Partnership to harness technology against malaria hurdles

Partnership to harness technology against malaria hurdles

In October 2023 the European Vaccine Initiative (EVI) announced that it will be coordinating a new partnership to explore how new technologies can offer greater immune insights and develop a next-generation malaria vaccine. The project is called correlates of...

AI identifies possible vaccine candidates for gonorrhoea

AI identifies possible vaccine candidates for gonorrhoea

Research published in mBio in October 2023 shows that artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to effectively identify vaccine candidates for gonorrhoea. Using a platform called Efficacy Discriminative Education Network (EDEN), the team of researchers from the USA...

CEPI and Moderna announce mRNA strategic partnership

CEPI and Moderna announce mRNA strategic partnership

In October 2023 CEPI and Moderna announced a strategic partnership to “harness Moderna’s mRNA platform” for vaccine development. The work within this partnership is expected to “expand the infectious disease targets” for the vaccine technology and support the efforts...

Human Immune Project shares 5-year ‘Scientific Plan’

Human Immune Project shares 5-year ‘Scientific Plan’

In October 2023 the Human Immunome Project (HIP), a global nonprofit organisation dedicated to “decoding and modelling the immune system”, shared a 5-year “Scientific Plan”. The announcement states that from 2024 the HIP will “oversee the generation of the largest...

AI tool EVEscape could predict viral variation emergence

AI tool EVEscape could predict viral variation emergence

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by a team from the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School could help predict new viral variants according to findings in Nature in October 2023. The University of Oxford reports that EVEscape, the model, predicts...