Could Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine Pave Way for an HIV Vaccine?


The introduction of the mRNA vaccine could be the key to suppressing the spread of Covid-19, but mRNA technology has also created a series of possibilities to treat other diseases as well. Moderna recently announced that they will be developing an HIV vaccine following its successes with the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The recent clinical achievements reported for the mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates highlight the potential of this technology” said Kristie Bloom to TheBodyPro, a researcher in the gene therapy unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

“The cell-free production and flexibility to adapt the mRNA transcript means that novel HIV vaccines could be developed both to prevent and to treat HIV”, Bloom adds.