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Scientists attempt to create pan-coronavirus vaccine

Coronaviruses include COVID, SARS, MERS and the common cold, and a vaccine that protects against all coronaviruses would have prevented the past year’s pandemic and many future ones. That’s what the UK-based biotech company Conserv Bioscience is working on; its CEO said the company has developed an mRNA vaccine they hope will prevent future outbreaks.

Coronaviruses share some similarities, like the spike proteins that help them infect and invade target cells, but a universal vaccine would need to find some aspect of coronaviruses that’s not only identical or at least highly similar across the board but also crucial to all of their survival.

Scientists have been talking about universal coronavirus vaccines for years, according to New Scientist, so there is some progress to draw on. But the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic made the matter far more urgent.

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