Covid mRNA Vaccines a Hope for HIV and Cancer: Covid mRNA vaccines have baffled everyone by their miraculous efficacy and the speed with which they were produced. But not a single vaccine for HIV, the virus that causes Aids and kills almost 700,000 people every year, has made it beyond Phase III clinical testing in 37 years of research.
But according to Bloomberg Business, the Covid vaccine is just the beginning for Moderna’s Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel. He believes that mRNA technology might be capable of treating almost everything from heart disease to cancer to rare genetic conditions.
Speaking to dw.com, David Taylor, professor emeritus of pharmaceutical and public health policy at University College London, said mRNA was likely to become “the favored vaccine technology of the future,” even though there are limits to what it can do.
Ian Jones, a professor of virology at the University of Reading in England, believes the vaccines have “a very good future,” but it “cannot address all vaccine issues or all vaccine types.”
This is because unlike SARS-CoV-2, which is a very stable virus, the human immunosuppressive virus (HIV) is extremely variable — it’s constantly mutating
“Science and the globe have been very fortunate that SARS-CoV-2 is an easy target for vaccines,” said Jonathan Weber, dean of medicine at Imperial College London and long-term HIV researcher, as quoted by dw.com.
He said that many vaccines techniques had been tried With HIV but none have protected against it in an effective way.