Top scientists claim we need TWO coronavirus vaccines to protect the entire population – and relying on just one of them could endanger millions
- More than 100 potential COVID-19 vaccines are currently in development
- The first fate is expected to vary in specific ways to prevent disease in humans
- Prof Tony Cunningham said there should be a separate vaccine for the elderly
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A top scientist has warned that two coronavirus vaccines may need to be developed so that the elderly do not remain vulnerable to the deadly virus.
More than 100 potential vaccines are under development, 20 of which are in development.
Tony Cunningham, a professor at the University of Sydney, expects the first crop to vary in the specific way it protects people from getting sick.
But the infectious disease doctor, clinical virologist, and scientist – known for his research into the immunobiology of HIV and herpes viruses – said each vaccine should be tailored for different age groups.
More than 100 potential vaccines are under development, 20 of which are in development. The first crop is expected to vary in the specific way it protects people from getting sick (stock image)
Teams around the world race to find protection against the disease that has brought the global economy to a halt and killed more than 250,000 people.
A vaccine can drastically reduce transmission or have a partial effect, Professor Cunningham explained.
“The concern then is that you have a vulnerable population,” he told AAP.
So we need to look in parallel to make sure we actually produce vaccines that target aging.
“They may be more difficult and take longer to produce.”
Some vaccines, including the flu vaccine, are already tailored for different demographic groups, such as children and the over-65s.
But an infectious disease physician, clinical virologist and scientist, Professor Tony Cunningham of the University of Sydney. said each vaccine should be tailored to different age groups (stock photo)