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Afraid of needles?  Researchers try a 'spot vaccine' that should elicit an equally rapid and powerful immune response VTM Instagram News

Afraid of needles? Researchers try a ‘spot vaccine’ that should elicit an equally rapid and powerful immune response VTM Instagram News

Fear of needles is a common phenomenon and not only in children. Sometimes the fear is so great that people refuse medical help. It should not be surprising that in such cases it will be much easier to replace the needles with other means, such as plaster.

Trials with such vaccines are in full swing and the first results are promising. This is what Australian researchers write in the professional journal science advances. They began to work with something similar to plaster, or at least applied in the same way. The patch, made by biotech company Vaxxas, is equipped with 5,000 tiny, nearly invisible pins for injecting the vaccine. “It’s way more easy to use than a needle,” says researcher David Muller (University of Queensland).

The research Mueller participated in was conducted using HexaPro, a vaccine against Covid-19. It has only been tested on mice at the moment, and therefore is still in its infancy, but the researchers are already excited: “When we administered the vaccine with the patch, we even saw better and faster immune responses from the needle.”

We may have to wait and see if the patches can actually be administered. There are still some important clinical stages to go through. These usually take several years.

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