Structural Biology Points Way to Coronavirus VaccinePosted on March 3rd, 2020 by Dr. Francis CollinsCaption: Atomic-level structure of the spike protein of the virus that causes COVID-19. This is the so-called spike protein on the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Preclinical studies in mice of a candidate vaccine based on this spike protein are already underway at NIH’s Vaccine Research Center (VRC), part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The goal is to direct the body to produce a spike protein in such a way to elicit an immune response and the production of antibodies.  A new coronavirus associated with human respiratory disease in China.