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DNA vaccines: a better path to taming the pandemic?

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Rapid development of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines has drawn global attention. But could DNA-based vaccines work better in the long run?

Recent emergency use authorization for Zydus Cadila’s DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine made headlines worldwide, previewing what’s possible. Now, join BioWorld Insider as we take a closer look at this type of vaccine with Lucio Rovati, CEO and chief scientific officer of Italy’s Rottapharm Biotech. Together with another Italian firm, Takis Biotech, they recently announced phase I results of the first DNA vaccine candidate against COVID-19 to enter clinical development in Europe. The vaccine has potential as both an initial vaccine and as a third dose when the antibody response from other available vaccines decreases.

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The BioWorld Insider Podcasts provides timely and focused one-on-one interviews with the same key sources typically interviewed for articles such as company founders, executives, top researchers and regulators. Topics are prioritized based on the same criteria we use when selecting news to feature in BioWorld, which for more than 30 years reports the breaking news — and provides key perspective — on hundreds of therapeutics and devices in development, the companies behind those candidates, the business development transactions that evolve the markets, and the regulatory hurdles that both challenge and guard the processes.