Researchers at the University of Nuremberg (FAU) have found a Covid-19 vaccine that contains bacteria from volcanic areas. Thanks to these micro-organisms, this vaccine does not need to be injected, but can be swallowed. This reports the FAU in a press release.
The bacteria, which have a membrane called tetraether lipids (TEL), come from inhospitable volcanic areas. This makes them resistant to high temperatures and strong acids. The latter property in particular is important because such a vaccine must pass through the stomach.
Dagmar Fischer, head of the TEL DrugDelivery project, explains that the stomach is one of the most extreme places in the body of humans and animals. “Not only is the stomach very acidic, it is also teeming with enzymes that break down our food. This leaves only the ingredients. This is a process that a vaccine pill must be able to withstand exactly,” says Fischer.
Advantages oral vaccination
Oral vaccination has many advantages. One of the biggest advantages is storage at normal temperature. This is primarily a logistical advantage, as far fewer freezers are needed and transportation to warm and remote areas is easier. It also offers many environmental benefits, as freezers and refrigerated transport are highly polluting.
In addition, oral vaccination offers many advantages for people with needlestick anxiety. As a result, more people would be willing to get vaccinated. Finally, less time-consuming injections are needed. Those injections are not only time-consuming, but a lot of time is indirectly lost due to staff training.
The team that developed the drug platform hopes to administer more vaccines using this method by the end of the project. Fischer says, “Hopefully, mRNA vaccines have a great future. If our platform works for the Covid 19 mRNA vaccine, it could be suitable for other applications as well.”
Selected for you!
Innovation Origins is the European platform for innovation news. In addition to the many reports from our own editors in 15 European countries, we select the most important press releases from reliable sources. This way you can stay up to date on what is happening in the world of innovation. Are you or do you know an organization that should not be missing from our list of selected sources? Then report to our editorial team.