The coronavirus’s genetic code stays fairly stable as it infects more people, suggesting that a vaccine would be more effective at combating the virus.
Scientists studying the coronavirus say that it appears to be mutating slowly and that an eventual vaccine would not have to be changed much, if at all, to inoculate people against the disease, according to the Washington Post.
All viruses develop mutations as they replicate while moving through people and populations, and each mutation can make the virus more or less dangerous as well as more resistant to a certain kind of vaccine. The coronavirus’s slow mutation, if it holds, means that virologists can rely on a certain kind of vaccine longer to combat the virus before tweaking it to deal with a newly mutated form of the pathogen. More