Corona vaccination patch with eleven times more effect than a syringe

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Vaccination is considered a panacea in the fight against the coronavirus. A specially developed corona patch should be even more effective. what’s behind it?

Berlin/Queensland – Since December 2020, vaccines against the coronavirus have been administered in Germany. A lot has happened since then, both in medicine and in virus development. Variants and mutations such as Omikron, which persists mainly in the form of the offshoot Omikron BA.5, require adapted vaccines.

But are there other ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus than just vaccines given in a syringe? Absolutely, because a new form of corona protection through the skin seems very promising according to the study. The emphasis is on a special vaccination patch against the coronavirus.

Corona vaccination patch instead of vaccination with a syringe: scientists talk about an eleven-fold better effect

A new form of vaccination against the coronavirus, which, according to scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia, is said to be significantly more effective than all conventional vaccinations. Vaccination against the coronavirus via a specially developed patch would be eleven times more effective than conventional vaccination against the coronavirus via syringe, which has been called into question in a WHO study.

Classic vaccination by injection could be replaced in the future by special corona vaccination patches. © Bernd Weißbrod/dpa/Sylvio Dittrich/imago/Montage

“The high-density microarray patch is a new method of vaccine delivery. It allows the vaccine to penetrate precisely through the skin, an area of ​​the body rich in immune cells. This is what McMillan and fellow PhD student David Muller found in their study, which was conducted in collaboration with scientists from the biotechnology company Vaaxas.

Corona vaccine patches are particularly effective in “combating the omicron variant”.

In combination with the “Hexapro” vaccine, the corona vaccine can fight different variants of viruses even better. Vaccination using a patch is significantly more effective “than the same vaccine that was administered by needle”, especially “against the omicron variant”.

According to Muller, the many mutations in the coronavirus gave it the ability to “evade the immune responses generated by current vaccines.” The scientist said, according to a press release. But the new patch technology using patches would have the potential to enable a new and above all more effective form of corona vaccination. At a time when new corona variants mutate rapidly.

The researcher’s call: Do not neglect the classic vaccination against the corona despite vaccination patches

But despite the development of the Corona vaccine patch, Muller notes: “It is important to emphasize that existing vaccines are still an effective means of combating this serious viral disease”. There would also be a vague hope that a universal vaccine against the coronavirus would eventually be developed.

Until the time comes, scientists are relying on their patch for a vaccine against the coronavirus. It is covered with thousands of microneedles, which are so tiny that you don’t even feel them on your skin. And it is these needles that are soaked with the vaccine. In the next step, the vaccination patch is pressed onto the skin and then removed again. In this way, the vaccine would enter the body without any pain.

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