Tech used for COVID-19 vaccines starts pharma boom

The University of California, Irvine hosted a collection of researchers this spring who were among the thousands who developed everything from effective tests for COVID-19 to the vaccines themselves. The technology in question is Messenger RNA, a revolutionary delivery system created through major contributions from Phil Felgner, director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research & Development Center. The technology helps to fortify the body against viruses by teaching it to wall off the illness with proteins produced by cells. It’s essentially using the virus’s own strategy against it.