Along with measles, mumps, MMR vaccine could be enhanced to confer immunity against Covid too, animal studies suggest

Updated: Oct 3 2023 2:23PM

New Delhi, Oct 3 (PTI) A measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine could be enhanced such that that it makes one immune to multiple variant strains of the Covid-causing virus, new research in animals suggests.

The resulting new vaccine could then confer immunity against measles, mumps and COVID-19, report scientists at The Ohio State University, US, calling it the "MMS" vaccine candidate - for Measles, Mumps and SARS-CoV-2.

In hamsters, antibodies against Covid induced by the MMS vaccine lasted at least four months without any sign of decline, they found.