New Biomaterial Vaccines Aim to Ward Off Future Pandemic Threats
Aug. 6, 2021 – Find it. Kill it. This is the simple premise behind new biomaterial-based vaccines that experts are designing to fend off future pathogens, or germs that could threaten human health.
As they plan next-generation vaccines, scientists are banking on the idea that the structure of a future pandemic-scale pathogen will be like the ones they already know about.
The new class of vaccines are being developed to supercharge the immune system to help the body quickly respond to a range of pathogens.
The new biomaterial-based vaccines are also shelf-stable, meaning they wouldn’t have to be refrigerated like some the COVID-19 shots. This is encouraging news for faster vaccine rollouts, and it will help poorer countries that lack refrigeration for supplies.
New biomaterial vaccines tap into the body's natural immune response, explains Michael Super, PhD, from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University in Boston, who is first author on a new study exploring what the vaccines can do.
Previous research has shown that scientists can create a depository under the skin that acts like a protective lymph node, or a small bean-shaped structure that works as part of the body's immune system to help fight infection and disease.https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210806/new-biomaterial-vaccines-ward-off-future-pandemic-threats?src=RSS_PUBLIC