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Hepatitis B Main Forums => Hepatitis B => Topic started by: Hep Editors on August 12, 2019, 10:51:19 am

Title: Researchers Make Progress in Developing Oral Hepatitis B Vaccine
Post by: Hep Editors on August 12, 2019, 10:51:19 am
Investigators have advanced their understanding of how to create an oral-delivery mechanism for the hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine. The injectable vaccine is relatively expensive, in part because of the complexities of its storage and transportation, since it must remain refrigerated. Consequently, the development of a cheaper, more easily transportable oral version would greatly facilitate the vaccine’s distribution in developing nations, where the need is great.

Publishing their findings in Scientific Reports, researchers studied how the HBV vaccine behaves when encapsulated in a material known as SBA-15. Previous research has indicated that SBA-15 is a promising form of encapsulation for the vaccine, likely able to help protect it against the digestive system and prevent it from being destroyed before it can impact the immune system.