Queensland’s hopes of developing a Covid vaccine seem to have been revived, with revelations the University of Queensland researchers are reworking their failed formula.
The formula had to be cancelled during trials last year after some patients returned false-positive results for HIV due to an issue with some of the proteins used.
Despite Australia now rolling out the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, Newscorp reports that UQ researchers are still confident their one-jab dose can prove more effective.
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The formula can also be kept at normal fridge temperature as well, which differs from the Pfizer jab that has to be kept at -70 degrees.
Researchers are keen to keep developing the vaccine but would need significant funding to get back to human trials.
It’s understood there’s an interest to progress the development of this jab further, with a recent study showing that it would be more effective than our other two vaccines.
However, at this rate, the technology would more likely be used as a vaccine booster for Covid in future, or as a vaccine for other diseases.