World’s First Plant-Based Covid Vaccine “Covifenz” Approved by Canada

Becoming the first country to approve the plant-based Covid-19 vaccine Covifenz, Canada sets the first milestone for a cost-effective approach to vaccine development. Canada-based biopharma company Medicago, which is part-funded by Philip Morris International (PMI), announced the development of a plant-based Covid-19 vaccine in 2020. Following the news of positive Phase 3 results in December 2021, Canada has approved the world’s first plant-based Covid-19 vaccine, which could be a guiding step in optimising vaccine technology.   Leader in plant-based vaccines Operating under the slogan “Health is in our nature”, Medicago describes itself as a pioneer and leader in the development of plant-based vaccines. The vaccine development process uses living plants that are used as bioreactors to produce non-infectious particles mimicking the covid virus. Just as …



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British Meat Industry Launches Initiative to Save Market Share

The proportion of the global population that prefers a vegan or vegetarian diet has been increasing significantly for some time. Young consumers in particular are consuming much more consciously and sustainably and are increasingly avoiding meat products. This trend is being observed with concern by the UK meat industry. A broad-based initiative has now been launched to save the dying meat market. In cooperation with the Meat Advisory Panel (MAP), an “expert” group of doctors, surgeons and nutritionists, it is working on presenting meat as part of a healthy diet. A total of around two million pounds will be spent on beef, lamb and pork. The Meat Advisory Panel is making a significant contribution to the initiative through its publicity activities. The Committee consists of …