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What Makes an RNA Vaccine Different From a Conventional Vaccine?

Researchers and scientists around the world are working to develop a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Given the urgency of the pandemic, different groups are using different methods.

Pfizer is collaborating with German biotech company BioNTech to focus on a technology called an mRNA vaccine. Unlike conventional vaccines, which can take months to produce by growing weakened forms of the virus, RNA vaccines can be constructed quickly using only the pathogen’s genetic code.

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