UCHealth: Coronavirus Vaccines 101: What You Need To Know!

“Coronavirus vaccines 101: What you need to know.” We curated the article by Ted Neff from UCHealth Today.

UCHealth is hosting a major clinical trial: the trial of Moderna’s experimental vaccine at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus, which aims to enroll 1,000 patients. Across the globe, several vaccine makers are racing to create and test vaccines that they hope will work to prevent COVID-19. It’s helpful to go over the basics. Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus vaccines.

What is a vaccine?

Think of a vaccine as forcing a practice session on the immune system. Vaccines give the body a sneak peek at one or more key features of a virus before the actual virus barges in. The immune system then develops a “memory” of a virus.

How will vaccines for the new coronavirus work?

Typically, these vaccines will latch either directly or indirectly onto the spike protein that makes coronaviruses unique. (Coronaviruses got their name because the viruses have spikes that look like a crown.)

Once prepped, the immune system can quickly recognize actual coronaviruses should they invade, interfere with a virus’s ability to multiply, and call into action other parts of the immune system. The idea is to stop SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from getting into cells, replicating itself and making a person sick.

Are these vaccines safe?…

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