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Universal Coronavirus Vaccines — An Urgent Need

The past 20 years have witnessed four fatal coronavirus outbreaks: SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome, 2002 and 2003), MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome, since 2012), and now Covid-19 (since 2019). Scientific evidence and ecologic reality suggest that coronaviruses will emerge again in the future, potentially posing an existential threat.

Read about the ongoing experience with the current Covid-19 pandemic, together with the ever-present threat of the emergence of other potentially pandemic coronaviruses, necessitates the expeditious development of safe and broadly protective coronavirus vaccines. This is a challenge that must now be fully committed to addressing.


  • Author(s):
  • David M. Morens, M.D.
  • Jeffery K. Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
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Universal Coronavirus Vaccines — An Urgent Need
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Publisher:New England Journal of Medicine
Published:January 11, 2022
Copyright:© Copyright 2021 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.

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