Russian scientists are developing a vaccine against allergies to cats and other animals. If everything goes according to plan, then in 2023 such vaccination will be publicly available in Russia.
RIA Novosti was informed about this by Professor of the Vienna Medical University, head of the immunopathology department of the pathophysiology and allergy research department Rudolf Valenta. He is developing a vaccine together with scientists from Sechenov University.
This year, the development team intends to complete preclinical studies, and in the summer of 2022 it plans to start vaccinating study participants. It will be necessary to check the novelty from the point of view of human safety, to choose the optimal dosage. At the moment, it is assumed that the patient will need five injections, and then vaccinated every six months.
One of the components of the vaccine, according to Robert Valenta, are the molecules of the cat's allergens. They react with allergens from dogs, guinea pigs and rats, so that a person can get rid of allergies to these animals. The next step is to create a prophylactic vaccine for children so that they do not develop allergies to pets in principle.
“Thus, it may turn out that Russia will become the first country without allergy sufferers to cats,” summed up Robert Valenta.
As RG already wrote, in 2019 Swiss scientists developed a vaccine for cats that neutralizes the allergenic protein Fel d1. It has been reported that this can lead to a decrease in the symptoms of allergic diseases in cat owners. However, nothing is known about the introduction of this vaccine. At the same time, the problem is really urgent: according to the latest data, only in Moscow, about 20 percent of residents suffer from allergies to cats.