A new study on mice offers hope for a vaccine against coronavirus, according to the researchers behind it.
The latest research successfully protected mice against a lethal dose of Mers, a very close relative of the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Scientists now hope they can use the largely harmless virus – known as parainfluenza virus 5 or PIV5 – to deliver vaccines for other coronavirus diseases.
“Using the same strategy, vaccine candidates based on PIV5 expressing the spike protein of Sars-CoV-2 have been generated. We are planning more studies in animals to test the ability of PIV5-based vaccines in preventing disease caused by Sars-CoV-2.”
The research is published this week in mBio, a journal of the American Society of Microbiology.