Impact of a pandemic outbreak on vaccine development approach


When developing a vaccine, there are always obstacles. However, when it comes to vaccine development during a pandemic, the response has its own set of complex challenges that traditional manufacturing methods cannot solve.

Over the past decade, outbreaks of H1N1 influenza, Sars-Cov, Ebola, and MERS have triggered several discussions about traditional vaccine development methods1. For example, new platform technologies, such as the use of messenger RNA (mRNA) vehiculated through lipid nanoparticles, have been introduced, stimulating scientific discussions. With the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) intensifying, scientists, together with pharmaceutical companies, are reinventing the approach of how to bring these life-saving drugs to market faster without impacting product quality, safety, or efficacy.