Houston Methodist Academic Institute

Broadly protective COVID-19 mRNA vaccines: Beyond the spike protein with Haitao Hu

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made an unprecedented impact on global public health. A number of vaccines have been developed, of which two mRNA vaccines and adenovirus-vectored vaccine have been licensed or received emergency use authorization. While the rapid development of these first-generation vaccines provides hope, emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants with enhanced transmission and/or disease severity has posed a constant challenge to the efficacy of the current vaccines. Our group has developed a dual mRNA spike and nucleocapsid vaccination approach that elicits broad protection against major SARS-CoV-2 variants of concerns. We will discuss protective efficacy of the mRNA vaccines against circulating and emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants well as the associated innate and adaptive immune mechanisms.

Tuesday, March 14 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Houston Methodist Research Institute, Research Institute Boardroom
6670 Bertner Avenue

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Meeting, Conference

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Research, Regularly Scheduled Series

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Immunobiology & Transplant Science Center

Haitao Hu, PhD

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