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Research on the Covid-19 virus is just one piece of the work at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). The team there is working with the rest of the federal government and other partners to create new vaccines for emerging viruses.

  • Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch at WRAIR, said broad vaccine platforms can be developed for major categories of viruses that scientists know will keep reappearing.
  • Modjarrad said his team is working to make a universal coronavirus vaccine by first creating one to cover all potential coronavirus variants and then developing one for all SARS-like viruses.
  • He said the effort is very collaborative, involving other federal government agencies, academia and industry, and that there are about 20 groups around the world seriously focused on developing a universal vaccine.

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