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Oral Vaccine for COVID-19 on Track Towards Human Clinical Trials

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Oral Vaccine for COVID-19 on Track Towards Human Clinical Trials
Image credit: Marjan Blan on Unsplash. Article by Molly Campbell, Science Writer, Technology Networks.

Vaccination has been key to the prevention and management of several infectious diseases throughout history. However, a large number of infectious diseases remain unaddressed, and as the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated, we need to be prepared going forward.

A key factor of consideration when developing and manufacturing vaccines is their route of administration into the body. Most often, this is in the form of an injectable, such as an intramuscular injection. The prospect of an injection can be frightening for some individuals, and can deter them away from vaccination. What solutions exist here?

The clinical-stage biotechnology company Vaxart, Inc. is working to “unlock the potential of oral vaccines”, whereby a vaccine is administered via an oral tablet as opposed to an injection.  […]

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