University of Pittsburgh develops microneedle-based vaccine for COVID-19

April 06, 2020
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by Danielle Bradnan
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While there are significant benefits to this approach, including the potential to mail vaccines to at-risk populations for home vaccination, there have been no trials verifying the efficacy of any microneedle-based vaccine in preventing disease. Despite years of research, the closest use case for microneedle drug delivery in humans has been for the flu vaccine, which has only undergone Phase I clinical trials and not demonstrated the prevention of disease – only efficacy in eliciting an immune response. Clients should not look to the microneedle approach as a viable COVID-19 vaccine in the short term but should consider investing in the technology for its significant value proposition in reducing risk in the vaccine supply chain.

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