Developing a vaccine against Covid-19
Location: Spain, Santiago de Compostela
“Meeting this unprecedented challenge will take more than innovation. Collaboration and solidarity are key”
Developing a vaccine would be a game changer in the fight against Covid-19. Tomas Pose, Natalia Barreiro, Rebeca Menaya, and José Manuel Martínez Costas are the team behind such a project in a lab at the CIQUS building, University of Santiago de Compostela. Their work consists of programming cells, of any origin, to produce microspheres that absorb the proteins of the virus. As in any other project aimed at developing a vaccine, the goal is to have our body generate an immune response that stops the virus. According to Tomas, developing a vaccine could take more than a year, as the process entails up to three clinical trials before the vaccine can be considered safe to be used on humans. However, the innovative system created exclusively in this lab shows great promise. Recently the Carlos III Health Institute, part of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, supported the team with 150 000 euros so that a crucial new phase of the project could begin.