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Promoting versatile vaccine development for emerging pandemics

Monrad, Joshua T., Sandbrink, Jonas B. and Cherian, Neil G. (2021) Promoting versatile vaccine development for emerging pandemics. npj Vaccines, 6 (1). ISSN 2059-0105

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of rapid and versatile development of emergency medical countermeasures such as vaccines. We discuss the role of platform vaccines and prototype pathogen research in modern vaccine development, and outline how previous pathogen-specific funding approaches can be improved to adequately promote vaccine R&D for emerging pandemics. We present a more comprehensive approach to financing vaccine R&D, which maximises biomedical pandemic preparedness by promoting flexible vaccine platforms and translatable research into prototype pathogens. As the numerous platform-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines show, funders can accelerate pandemic vaccine development by proactively investing in versatile platform technologies. For certain emerging infectious diseases, where vaccine research can translate to other related pathogens with pandemic potential, investment decisions should reflect the full social value of increasing overall preparedness, rather than just the value of bringing a vaccine to market for individual pathogens.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Q Science > QR Microbiology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 11:00
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 15:09

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