Future Human

The Search for One Vaccine to Rule Them All

Scientists are working on a ‘universal’ vaccine that could protect against a broad range of coronaviruses

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The next pandemic was supposed to be influenza. After all, three flu pandemics occurred in the last century alone — the Spanish flu of 1918, Asian influenza in 1957, and the Hong Kong flu of 1968.