University of Wisconsin (UW)–Madison houses an important lab where ongoing research led to an experimental animal vaccine to protect chickens from coronavirus. Upon the COVID-19 outbreak starting late last year, Adel Talaat, who runs a lab at the UW-Madison, recently leveraged the vaccine to advance a candidate for humans. Talaat commenced testing the vaccine on mice last month and also spun-out a startup to commercialize the vaccine.
The UW-Madison experimental vaccine, again still in the very early animal testing stage, would be in the form of a nasal spray as opposed to an injection. In fact, Adel Talaat is on a mission to make it easier to administer; all would prefer a nasal sprayer over an injection.