From an epidemiological standpoint, there have been over 500 million cases worldwide. Most people infected with the virus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age. It is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world. COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, a flu, or pneumonia. COVID-19 may attack more than your lungs and respiratory system. Other parts of your body may also be affected by the disease. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill. Some people including those with minor or no symptoms may suffer from post-COVID conditions — or “long COVID”. Older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Hundreds of thousands of people have died from COVID-19 in the United States. Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective. Vaccines teach our immune system to fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of the disease is with safe and effective vaccines.
The goal of the Universal Coronavirus mRNA Vaccine (UCV-mRNA) in development by Normax with UKvax Factory and the mRNA UCV Consortium is to help solve the urgent global need for a one-time COVID-19 booster to save lives and help to end the COVID-19 pandemic and to support innovation for future pandemic preparedness.