Trials a Covid-19 vaccine that could also protect us from other coronaviruses
Location: Sweden, Stockholm
“Our vaccine will protect people from the current and future coronavirus outbreaks”
With Covid-19 making headlines over the past three months, it would be easy to forget how the virus is just one member of a much larger family. The real question, beyond the end of containment, is the following: How can we ensure that a vaccine will also be effective against future coronavirus outbreaks? Professor Matti Sällberg has been aiming to answer this question since early April, when his team received EU funding under the OPENCORONA project. “The design of our vaccine is unique. Unlike the vast majority of clinical trials which focus solely on the spike protein, our treatment also contains other relevant proteins which are less specific to Covid-19. The idea is to make it futureproof”, he explains. A phase 1 clinical trial is already planned and will take place at the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. 3 million EUR has been allocated to the Karolinska Institute by the EU for research as part of the OPENCORONA project.