$INO CEPI that funds development of vaccines for epidemic diseases, is investing $200 million in grants for early-stage development of vaccines that protect broadly against dangerous coronaviruses. The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose scientists are studying ways to make coronavirus vaccines, is awarding a further $95 million to other researchers, including $36 million to teams at Duke University, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Several companies are developing multivalent Covid-19 vaccines, which would target SARS-CoV-2 variants. The Biden administration and other funders should give priority to the development of shots that would broadly protect against these variants, said Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, Calif. “What we really need is a global collaborative effort,” he said.
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