Vaccinating Mosquitoes

May 16, 2021

Mosquitoes are fascinating. But could they be vaccinating?

The BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 is essentially a small string of mRNA. Couldn’t mosquitoes be genetically modified to inject a tiny amount of this vaccine into the blood of everyone they bite? The advantages are obvious: squadrons of mosquitoes swarming the world vaccinating us all for free forever. Especially useful in those poorer parts of the world that happen to be plagued by mosquitoes but have a rickety health infrastructure at best (and that we haven’t given any vaccines yet).

(Inspired by the news that genetically modified Mosquitoes could reduce the spread of deadly diseases like dengue and yellow fever.)

P.S.: Irony alert!

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