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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Quickly vaccinating billions of people around the globe against Covid-19 is going to be an endeavor like no other in human history. What could make it even more difficult is that some of the leading contenders -- mRNA 1 vaccines -- have a very short shelf life: They have to be stored and shipped at temperatures as low as minus 80 degrees Celsius (minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit).

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...The private sector, as well as the U.S. military, is trying to figure out how to manage that feat. But there's another possibility " and it relies on thousands of people playing an online game.

A relatively new technology, mRNA vaccines are promising because they can be created and manufactured quickly. Pfizer and Moderna's vaccine candidates (two of the first three to begin Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S.) are mRNA vaccines. Once thawed, however, an mRNA vaccine has to be used immediately. Without a breakthrough, such vaccines wouldn't be available at local pharmacies, community centers or libraries, as the flu shot is. They probably would never reach developing countries.

But it should be possible to create a longer-lasting vaccine by redesigning a bit of its genetic code that, once injected into our bodies, instructs cells to create a protein that is identical to one on the exterior of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Just like a traditional vaccine made from weakened or dead viral material, this protein teaches the immune system to recognize and destroy the virus that causes Covid-19....


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