Collins, Fauci call for vaccine prototype initiative


NIH Director Francis Collins and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci are calling for a five-year, multibillion-dollar initiative to develop vaccine prototypes for about 20 families of viruses with the highest pandemic potential. Barney Graham, deputy director of the NIAID's Vaccine Research Center, first proposed the idea at an NIH meeting in 2017 then outlined it in a 2018 Nature Immunology paper, and some vaccines are already under development.

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