Dr. Fauci: 'Universal coronavirus vaccine' could help the world fight all SARS-CoV-2 variants
The White House Chief Medical Adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, spoke yesterday in Congress about efforts to develop a pan-coronavirus vaccine, which aims to fight both Covid and other similar viruses that may appear in the coming years. Short-term applications of a vaccine that effectively treats all forms of Covid can be significant according to Fauc.
"The importance of developing a pan-coronavirus vaccine, that is, one that would be effective against all SARS-CoV-2 variants, and ultimately against all coronaviruses, becomes even more apparent," Fauci told the commission. Senate for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
There is no set deadline for making such a vaccine available to the public, but numerous research efforts are being made, with promising results.
In April 2021, Duke University researchers announced that their pan-coronavirus vaccine was "100% effective in non-human tests".
According to Fauci, the technology behind the efforts for these vaccines is not new. Rather, it relies on "clinical research investments" made decades before the Covid pandemic.
The same observation applies to the mRNA vaccine technology that served to create the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for Covid.
But one should not expect pan-coronavirus vaccines to be available during the current growth of the variant. Even the specific vaccines that are being created for Omicron and that may be ready in March will not be able to fight this variant, as it will be too late.
"Given how fast Omicron is spreading, the target vaccine may not matter because everyone will be infected," he said. Shaun Truelove, an epidemiologist of infectious diseases.