Vaccine Potent Against all COVID Variants Will Be Out Soon: Research

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is expected to announce within the next few weeks the development of an effective vaccine against COVID-19 and all its variants, including Omicron.

According to Defense One, this achievement comes after almost two years of research on the virus.

Early in 2020, Army labs received their first DNA sequence for the COVID-19 virus. Infectious diseases experts at Walter Reed focused their efforts on developing a vaccine that would not only work against the existing strain but also against the potential variants of it.

They had created a new COVID-19 vaccine called Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle, or SpFN, which was completed earlier this year with positive results in animal trials.

Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of Walter Reed’s infectious diseases branch, said in an exclusive interview with Defense One that phase 1 of human clinical trials has finished, with positive results that are undergoing final review.

Scientists at Walter Reed have developed a vaccine that uses a soccer-ball-shaped protein with 24 faces that permits them to affix the spikes of multiple coronavirus strains to different faces of the protein, different from existing vaccines. “It’s very exciting to get to this point for our entire team and I think for the entire Army as well,” Modjarrad stated.

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To test the vaccine on human subjects, the lab needed to find subjects who had not previously been vaccinated or infected with COVID, he disclosed.

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