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Brazilian researchers working on combined Covid-19 and flu vaccine

Researchers in Minas Gerais and São Paulo plan to use the influenza virus as a vector to provide immune responses against flu and Covid-19. Added funding will be needed to take the project to clinical trials

Brazilian researchers working on combined Covid-19 and flu vaccine
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Researchers and health experts are currently conducting trials to find out whether Covid-19 vaccination will become an annual necessity. Results are not yet conclusive, with the need for yearly coronavirus jabs potentially relying on the existence of new Covid-19 variants, but there is a general acceptance around much of the population — at least, in Brazil — that immunization against the pandemic-causing virus will become an unavoidable routine, much like the flu vaccine.

With this in mind, researchers from the federal Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Minas Gerais are developing a technique to use the influenza virus as a vaccine...

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