UK Scientists develop safer vaccine

The BBC has reported that British scientists have developed a new method to create an entirely synthetic vaccine which does not rely on using live infectious virus, meaning it is much safer.

Currently manufacturing vaccines against viral threats is a potentially hazardous business and manufacturers have to operate strict controls to ensure that no pathogens escape in the process.

This research was a collaboration between scientists at Oxford and Reading Universities, the Pirbright Institute, and the UK’s national synchrotron facility, the Diamond Light Source near Oxford.

Dr Andrew Macadam, a virologist specialising in polio at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in Hertfordshire said regarding the discovery “Any design strategy that minimises the chances of accidental virus release would not only make the world a safer place but would lower the bio-containment barriers to production allowing vaccines to be made more cheaply all over the world”


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