Crimean scientists have developed a new vaccine against coronavirus, said the head of the laboratory of cell technologies and DNA drugs, virologist, associate professor of the Department of Biochemistry at the Vernadsky Crimean Federal University (KFU) Vladimir Oberemok.
He noted that the researchers drew on both their expertise in virology and genetics.
Oberemok said that the vaccine consists of one oligonucleotide (thiophosphate DNA fragment) in the form of a lasso, which immediately carries an innate immunity activator in the form of CpG islands and an antigen, where a fragment of the SARS-CoV-2 genome will be "sewn up" so that the body will identify it and developed antibodies.
The scientist added that one of the benefits of the drug is that it can be taken intronasally and avoided injections.
Crimean specialists are ready to launch all stages of vaccine testing immediately after receiving the necessary funding.
Recall that two vaccines against coronavirus have been registered in Russia: "Sputnik V", developed by the Gamaleya Research Center for Electrochemistry, and also "EpiVacCorona" of the Novosibirsk center "Vector". In addition, work is underway to create a live vaccine from the Chumakov Center for Research and Development of Immunobiological Preparations of the Russian Academy of Sciences.