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A new vaccine works against any form of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

A new vaccine works against any form of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Topics: Vaccines, Research, Invention


According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia is behind 16% of all deaths of children under the age of 5, reports “Hi-News”. There are several strains of pneumococcus causing pneumonia. This complicates the task of treating and creating a vaccine.

GPN Vaccines recently introduced a vaccine that works against all types of pathogens. The most effective vaccine against pneumonia at the moment affects carbohydrates covering the outer part of pneumococcus. This vaccine covers only 13 of the 98 existing carbohydrates. Covering all is impossible, according to company employees.

Their Gamma-PN vaccine represents a pneumococcal strain that has been cultured and inactivated by gamma rays. The vaccine was quite effectively tested on animals (the vaccine saved them from death due to infection with various strains of pneumococcus). Vaccine toxicity tests are underway.