Editorial: How bad is the COVID-19 variant problem? We won’t know until we test for it

And one of the most tantalizing possibilities that science offers at this point is a pan-coronavirus vaccine that would target parts of the virus that don’t mutate rapidly (researchers at UCI Health are among those working on this). That wouldn’t just protect against all forms of COVID-19, but against future pandemics involving coronaviruses. For that matter, it also would prevent common colds caused by coronavirus. And it would allow science to avoid a game of Whac-A-Mole with a dangerous and ever-changing threat.