American pharmaceutical company Moderna intends to create vaccines against other viruses, including HIV. It is planned to use the mRNA technology, which is fundamental for the vaccine against Covid-19, as Bloomberg reports.
"For Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, the Covid vaccine is just the beginning. He promised long ago that if mRNA technology works, it will create a giant new industry capable of treating almost everything from heart disease to cancer to rare genetic diseases," the message says.
The company could also become the dominant vaccine manufacturer, Bancel said. It has vaccines for ten viruses that are in, or about to be in, human trials. These include three types of Covid-19 boosters that are in midstage trials, a seasonal flu shot that began its first human study in July, and HIV shots that are slated to begin studies later this year. In addition, vaccines against new viruses such as Nipah and Zika are currently being developed.
As it was reported earlier, World Health Organization (WHO) has included the Moderna vaccine against Covid-19 (mRNA 1273) in the list of emergency use recommendations. The effectiveness of this vaccine is 94.1%.