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Not as Cold

Results are expected soon from a trial of a third RNA-based vaccine that may — if shown to be safe and effective — help meet global vaccine demand, the New York Times reports.

Like the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines that received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, CureVac's candidate vaccine is also mRNA based, the Times notes. But unlike those vaccines, CureVac's does not have to be stored at extremely cold temperatures — it is stable for three months at 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) — making it an appealing option for low-resource regions, it adds.

Because of this, CureVac's candidate vaccine could help meet vaccine demand in middle- and low-income countries, the Times reports. "We still need a lot of vaccine globally," Florian Krammer, a virologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, tells it. "I think a lot of people can benefit from it."

The Times adds that results from CureVac's late-stage clinical trial are expected as soon as next week.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.