Texas Tech University

Texas Tech researchers join the race for a vaccine against COVID-19

KTTZ - NPR

April 29, 2020

KTTZ - NPR - Imagine if instead of having to get your annual flu shot, you’d only need one for the rest of your life.That’s what Dr. Harvinder Gill and Dr. Steven Presley have been working on for the past year. And now they’ve started applying their findings towards a vaccine for coronavirus as well.

Dr. Gill is a professor of chemical engineering at Texas Tech University. He compares this future universal flu vaccine to that of the Hepatitis B vaccination that is given to children. They receive a round of three shots and are set for life. “Could we come up with a similar design that would work for the flu as well,” Gill asks. That was the main objective of the grant they received from the National Institute of Health back in 2019.

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