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Co-inventor of mRNA shots sets sights on pan-coronavirus vaccine

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Washington (AFP) – Drew Weissman’s decades of research helped pave the way for mRNA Covid-19 vaccines, but the scientist isn’t resting on his laurels.  The University of Pennsylvania immunologist, who on Thursday shared the $3 million 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences with his longtime collaborator Katalin Kariko, is now spearheading efforts to design a new vaccine against all coronaviruses. The Silicon Valley-backed award honors major discoveries with the highest cash amounts in science. “There have been three (coronavirus) pandemics or epidemics in the past 20 years,” Weissman told AF…

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