White House holds next-gen COVID-19 vaccine summit

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The federal government continues to work closely with notable COVID-19 manufacturers, including Moderna and Pfizer, hosting a summit today focused on the future COVID-19 vaccines.

“We need a vaccine that can stand up to multiple variants,” said White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha.

While White House officials called for developing inexpensive novel vaccines that could be delivered nasally or via a skin patch, they did not specify where the funding for such efforts would come from.

As the omicron BA.5 lineage has gained momentum, some pundits have called for the government to spur the development of novel vaccines.

The Biden administration hopes to stymie future SARS-CoV-2 variants, curb infection and transmission of the virus and ensure that future vaccines offer longer-lasting protection.

Moderna and Pfizer are both developing bivalent …

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