Health Desk : dhakamirror.com
Millions of lives could be saved by a ground-breaking set of new vaccines for a variety of conditions, including cancer, experts have said.
According to a major pharmaceutical company, vaccines for cancer, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and other conditions will be available by 2030, The Guardian reported.
Studies into these vaccinations are also showing “tremendous promise”, with some researchers saying 15 years’ worth of progress has been “unspooled” in 12 to 18 months thanks to the success of the Covid jab.
In as little as five years, according to Paul Burton, chief medical officer of the pharmaceutical company Moderna, the firm will be able to provide such treatments for “all sorts of disease areas”, the report said.
The firm, which created a leading coronavirus vaccine, is developing cancer vaccines that target different tumour types.
Burton said: “We will have that vaccine and it will be highly effective, and it will save many hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives. I think we will be able to offer personalised cancer vaccines against multiple different tumour types to people around the world.”
He also said multiple respiratory infections could be covered by a single injection — allowing vulnerable people to be protected against Covid, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) — while mRNA therapies could be available for rare diseases for which there are currently no drugs.
Therapies based on mRNA work by teaching cells how to make a protein that triggers the body’s immune response against disease.