Colorado State University could be the spot that gives the world a much-needed Coronavirus vaccine.

CSU announced that researchers are receiving nearly $700,000 from Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for a COVID-19 vaccine project.

The University is kicking in $448,143, bringing the total for this phase of the research project to about $1.15 million.

CSU is one of 14 labs across the country working together under the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Together they are working to develop a cost-effective vaccine

Researchers are using a vaccine technology process called SolaVAX that is currently used in blood transfusions. The strategy uses UV light and riboflavin to produce an inactivated virus, which prompts a person’s immune system to fight the virus.

“Our researchers have moved swiftly to provide the state, the nation and the world a range of potential solutions and medical countermeasures to the virus,” said Alan Rudolph, CSU’s vice president for research.

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