A universal covid vaccine, and protecting toddlers from polio

Long before Alexander Cohen — or anyone else — heard about the alpha, delta, or omicron variants of the COVID-19 virus, he and his graduate advisor, Pamela Björkman, were conducting the research that might soon make it possible for a single vaccine to beat a rapidly evolving virus — along with Along with any other type of COVID-19 virus that may appear in the future.

So in early 2020, when COVID-19 struck, Cohen, Bjorkman and other members of the lab decided to engineer a universal coronavirus vaccine — one that would provide protection not only against all variants, but also against future diseases caused by coronavirus species — thanks to highly potent nanoparticles. .

The couple and their collaborators are now excitingly close to achieving their goal of creating a vaccine that triggers a large-scale immune response not only to the coronavirus and its variants but also to a variety of coronaviruses. And while the trial could take up to two years to start, if successful, it could protect us from having to endure another coronavirus-related shutdown again. Read the full story.

– Adam Puri

Why did my one-year-old receive polio

My colleague’s daughter Jessica Hamzilow will be 2 in October. She has already had three doses of the polio vaccine and is due to receive another when she is three years and four months old. But thanks to the discovery of polio viruses in wastewater in north and north-east London, where they live, she is one of hundreds of thousands of children aged one to nine in the city who are receiving a booster dose.

This is not the first time that the polio virus has been detected in London wastewater. But this time, there are signs that it may spread. No cases have been diagnosed in the UK since 1984, but in the US, a 20-year-old man in Rockland County, New York, developed paralysis caused by polio — the first diagnosed case of the disease in the country since 2013. So, what happen here? And can vaccination campaigns be strengthened like the London aid? Read the full story.

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