Coronavirus vaccine: Engineered virus tested on mice offers hope for protection against Covid-19, scientists say

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A new study on mice offers hope for a vaccine against coronavirus, according to the researchers behind it. The latest research successfully protected mice against a lethal dose of MERS, a very close relative of the new coronavirus that causes covid-19. Scientists suggest that the same delivery method could work against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for ongoing covid-19 pandemic. Scientists now hope they can use the largely harmless virus – known as parainfluenza virus 5 or PIV5 – to deliver vaccines for other coronavirus diseases. “Our new study indicates that PIV5 may be a useful vaccine platform for emerging coronavirus diseases, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Paul McCray, a professor at the UI Carver College of Medicine and one of the authors of the study.