mRNA Vaccines – Trials Line Up Against Coronavirus
New Technology Attracts Attention
The arrival of SARS-CoV-2 has focused attention on a potential new way of making vaccines – one that promises to be quicker and cheaper than traditional methods and more reactive to novel virus outbreaks, but also one that remains to be validated.
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