The COVID-19 vaccine has become yogurt! Russian Alexander Suvorov has been working for years to develop an oral vaccine based on dairy products. His research team had previously developed prototypes of vaccines against meningitis, influenza and streptococcus. Why not adapt the model to COVID-19 ?, Professor Suvorov asked. He immediately started working with his colleagues and students at the institute.
When Alexander Suvorov decided to engage in research and development of an antidote for COVID-19, he did so primarily to protect his family and colleagues, writes Ici Radio. “A purely selfish reflex of a scientist worried about the future of things“, Explains the teacher.
The COVID-19 vaccine has become yogurt! Suvorov anticipated the appearance of SARS-VOC-2
COVID-19 was, at least as far as known, limited to Asia and parts of Europe. But Suvorov was convinced, like many other microbiologists, that the virus has serious potential. He anticipated that sooner or later the virus would cross Russia’s borders. “My instinct told me we could do something fast. So why not go further and find a procedure “, says Alexandru Suvorov
As head of the Department of Molecular Microbiology at the Institute of Experimental Medicine in St. Petersburg, Suvorov worked for years on the development of an oral vaccine based on dairy products. Founded in 1888, the unit is the oldest scientific research institute in Russia. A pioneer in the fight against infectious diseases and the development of vaccines.
Pavlov’s dog guards the institute
The institute grew old, but its prestige remained intact. Russian scientists continue to innovate there, but often behind the scenes and with limited financial means. In 1897, Ivan Pavlov developed with his dog the famous theory of conditioning and saliva. Today the bronze dog stands in the middle of an artesian well.
Also at the entrance, right in front of the statue erected in memory of the famous dog, Professor Suvorov meets with journalists before showing them his laboratory where yogurt is made. “Are you telling me that this liquid is actually a vaccine against COVID?” A journalist asks? “Yes, it is a vaccine against COVID,” the scientist proudly replies. He adds, with the bottle in his hand: “It’s simply milk fermented with coronavirus bacteria.”
Dairy bacteria, vector for introducing the coronavirus gene into the body
“Our initial idea was to use this genetic machinery of dairy bacteria as a platform or vector to introduce the gene for any type of pathogen, including the coronavirus gene, into the body,” says Suvorov.
His team needed weeks to replicate the proteins in the COVID-19 gene they needed before introducing them into dairy bacteria. „I made some models and syntheses, then I had the formula I needed “, the expert explained.
Sursa: Aleph News
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