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The Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be French:

Meet Prof. Frederick Tanji

By Shlomo Maital

Prof. Frederick Tanji

Louis Pasteur wa born on December 27, 1822 –and died on September 28, 1895. He was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He made remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax.” The Pasteur Institute in Paris, named after him, is a world leader in this field.

   Fast forward. Prof. Frederick Tanji is a senior professor at the Pasteur Institute in France and the head of the Department of Virology at the National Institute of Scientific Research (CNRS). He works day and night on developing a vaccine against a corona virus, and is one of the top candidates to get to the finish line first.

According to press accounts, “Tanji’s development team received € 4.3 million in funding to start clinical trials for the corona vaccine he developed, which, like others developed at the institute, is based on measles vaccine. “I developed a measles vaccine given to every baby born, which is effective and safe,” Tanji explains. “All the vaccine makers in the world know how to produce this vaccine in large quantities – which is very important. It’s also very cheap. This vaccine can be used as a (vector) basis for the Corona vaccine. I have engineered the measles virus genome so pathogenic sequences can be added to it. Like other viruses. That’s what we’re doing now with the Corona virus. “

“Tanji’s method – based on measles vaccine – has already been applied to other vaccines that have undergone clinical trials and some are already in production, and are designed to prevent Zika’s disease, Lassa fever, 1SARS, and MERS, “so we already have experience developing corona vaccine vaccines “, Says Tanji.

If Tanji succeeds, we need to thank the Chinese. “The speed at which vaccine development researchers came to be due in part to the early and rapid Chinese effort to sequence the genome of the new virus. China shared the genetic information in early January, allowing distance groups around the world to grow and investigate a live virus.”

Tanji wants the vaccine to be produced and sold at cost.

Tanji thinks human behavior will have to change radically post-COVID-19. “Social behavior will have to change, and we will have to significantly reduce travel. 4 billion people are flying every month – half the world’s population, that’s crazy. It transmits diseases. The economy needs to change.”

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