Now, they are also planning to give booster shots to their fully vaccinated immunocompromised citizens.
However, there’s still a growing suggestion that should we need booster shots, they need not be the same formulation as the initial jabs. Additionally, some experts believe that mixing and matching different vaccine brands would be beneficial.
A Filipino Priest is Also Developing a Yeast-Based Oral COVID Vaccine
Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, who’s also an expert in Biology, said that he wanted a vaccine that could reach everyone in the country. And for that to happen, the vaccine has to be shelf-stable. This means that it doesn’t need expensive and complicated freezers.
Currently, Fr. Nick is developing a yeast-based vaccine that has a shelf-life of about 2 years even without refrigeration. The priest’s idea is to take drugstore-bought probiotics and genetically engineer them in such a way that they produce SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins.
Fr. Nick also mentioned that it might take 6 months to 1 year before they can release it to the public. But when we have it, it’ll be worth it, especially if we need to get vaccinated yearly or every other year.
“To save the Philippine government [from spending] billions of pesos to be paid every year to foreign companies, we’re trying to develop a vaccine for the Philippines that is relatively cheap but safe and efficacious.”