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A single injection trial against three different infections

A single injection trial against three different infections

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A vaccine an attempt is underway to combat a triple threat of infections with just one jab.
The University of the Sunshine Coast has begun clinical trials of a new vaccine from Moderna that works as a three-barrel injection against COVID-19, RSV and influenza.

“If you can go to a doctor and get one vaccine that essentially covers you against flu, COVID-19 and RSV — that would be helpful,” said Dr. Nishal Sahai.

The vaccine will target COVID-19, influenza and RSV. (9News)

“The goal is to see if the combination vaccine will be as tolerable as administering the three vaccines separately.”

The vaccine represents a major shake-up of Australia’s annual vaccine rollout to help ease the burden on an overburdened system.

“One visit, one vaccination and possibly a booster compared to three visits and boosters,” said participant Carolyn Rose.

“I think it’s going to take a lot of strain off our current health care system.”

A single injection trial against three different infections
Researchers are looking for more participants in the process. (9News)

It may take several years to gather enough data before the vaccine can be safely distributed, but researchers are now looking to expand their pool of participants and are calling for more volunteers.

“We’re looking for people who are generally in good health between the ages of 50 and 75 – they can be men or women,” said senior clinical trials co-ordinator Joanne Stark.

The trial involves seven clinic visits and eight phone calls over a period of up to 13 months, with all participants compensated.


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