Eleven-fold effect: Corona vaccine patch outperforms vaccination

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From: Yannick Hanke

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Vaccination is considered a panacea in the fight against coronavirus. A newly developed corona patch is said to be even more effective. What’s behind?

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

But are there other ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus besides the vaccines administered in the syringe? Absolutely, because a new form of corona protection through the skin appears to be very promising according to a study. The focus is on a special corona vaccination patch.

Corona vaccine patch instead of syringe vaccination: Researchers speak of an eleven times better effect

A new form of corona vaccination that, according to researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia, is said to be significantly more effective than all conventional vaccines. Corona vaccinations via a specially developed patch would have an eleven times greater effect than conventional corona vaccination with a syringe, which was questioned in a WHO study.

In the future, special corona vaccination patches could replace the classic injection vaccination. (Iconic image) © Kay Nietfeld/dpa

“The high-density microarray patch is a new means of vaccine delivery. It allows precise penetration of the vaccine through the skin, an area of ​​the body rich in immune cells. This is what McMillan and fellow PhD David Muller found in their study, which was carried out in collaboration with scientists from the biotech company Vaaxas.

Corona vaccination patches are particularly effective in “fighting the omicron variant”.

In combination with the “Hexapro” vaccine, the corona vaccine patch can combat different virus variants even better. Plaster vaccination is significantly more effective “than with the same vaccine administered with a needle”, especially “in the fight against the omicron variant”.

According to Muller, the multiplicity of mutations in the coronavirus has given it the ability to “evade the immune responses generated by current vaccines.” The scientist said according to a press release. But the new technology of patches that use poultices would have the potential to allow a new and, above all, more effective way of vaccinating against the coronavirus. At a time when new crown variants are rapidly mutating.

Investigator Appeal: Do not neglect classic corona vaccination despite vaccination patches

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

Before the time comes, the researchers rely on their corona vaccination patch. It’s covered with thousands of microneedles that are so small you can’t even feel them on your skin. And it is precisely these needles that are moistened 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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