Effective vaccines against respiratory viruses, including influenza A, SARS-CoV-2, endemic coronaviruses, RSV, and many other “common cold” viruses, have not yet been developed, according to a new paper coauthored by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
So far, scientists have not been able to create vaccines that effectively protect against non-systemic respiratory viruses which can cause severe illness or death.
“Durably protective vaccines against non-systemic mucosal respiratory viruses with high mortality rates have thus far eluded vaccine development efforts,” Fauci writes in the publication.
Despite previous efforts to develop vaccines that prevent respiratory viral diseases, many of these attempts have been unsuccessful.
“Past unsuccessful attempts to elicit solid protection against mucosal respiratory viruses and to control the deadly outbreaks and pandemics they cause have been a scientific and public health failure that must be urgently addressed,” Fauci adds.