Prior to COVID-19, most individuals only had a hazy memory of messenger RNA (mRNA) from high school biology; in-depth information was reserved for professors and scientists. However, as a result of the vaccines produced to combat the pandemic, mRNA, primarily mRNA vaccines, has become a hot issue. Non-scientists or the general population is curious about mRNA vaccines, how they operate, and whether or not they can trust them.

What exactly is mRNA?

Understanding how mRNA vaccines function necessitates a basic understanding of what mRNA accomplishes in the body.
DNA is found in all cells (except RBCs) and contains the information that a cell requires to exist and function. Proteins are required for many of these tasks. The information in the DNA must reach the cell's protein-making machinery in order to produce those proteins. The "m" in mRNA stands for messenger, and it relays information from DNA to the cell's protein-making machinery, informing it of the types of proteins required.

How do mRNA vaccines work?

The function of mRNA as a protein information carrier in a mRNA vaccine is to encourage the body to produce certain proteins. The mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 guides the cells to make the spike protein present on the exterior of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the case of COVID-19 vaccinations. When the immune system recognizes these foreign proteins, antibodies and other immune cells are produced to combat what appears to be an infection. The immune system is therefore poised to produce a quick response if it encounters that protein again in the future.

How are mRNA vaccines created?

To create an mRNA vaccine, researchers must first find a protein on the virus's surface that the immune system will recognize (the "target" protein). They must choose a protein that is sufficiently distinct from proteins found on the outside of the body's own cells for the immune system to target only the virus. They then look for the DNA that has the instructions for producing the desired protein. The DNA is used to generate the mRNA for the target molecule. The DNA is broken down once enough mRNA has been produced to ensure that just the mRNA is packaged in the vaccine. Because of the speed and effectiveness of this process, enormous volumes of mRNA can be produced in a short period of time.

Is it safe to use mRNA vaccines?

To ensure their safety and efficacy, all vaccines, particularly mRNA vaccines, go through rigorous quality monitoring and quality assurance methods. The development and manufacturing stages both require quality testing. Before a vaccine is made available to the general public, data from these quality tests is submitted to the FDA for evaluation. After a vaccination is licensed, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to monitor its safety. The COVID-19 vaccinations were originally approved for emergency use due to the public health emergency proclaimed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How is mRNA vaccine production regulated?

Because mRNA vaccine technology is still in its infancy, there is no regulatory guidance on product characterization and quality control. To ensure that their products are consistently safe and efficacious, companies researching on and manufacturing mRNA vaccines must establish their own analytical testing procedures that identify, quantify, and control the vaccine's properties. Developing in-house quality evaluation methodologies takes time and money that could be better spent on innovative therapy development.
Vaccine developers, manufacturers, government regulators, and national control laboratories all benefit from a common set of analytical methodologies. As companies around the world seek to leverage the power of mRNA technology, technologies like this can aid in the production of safe and effective vaccinations.
With the assistance of a group of renowned vaccine scientists, USP has compiled a set of draft guidelines, including analytical methodologies and best practices, to facilitate quality evaluation of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics. Industry, academic, and government experts having experience and an interest in mRNA vaccines and technologies are invited to provide input on the techniques and recommend additional information to improve the understanding of mRNA quality in order to help refine these draft guidelines.

What sets mRNA vaccines apart from other vaccines?

Some vaccinations instruct our bodies on how to start building immunity to a pathogen by using a complete virus or bacteria. These pathogens have been inactivated or attenuated, which implies they have lost their potency. Other vaccinations make use of viral or bacteriological fragments.
The recombinant vaccine technique uses yeast or bacterial cells to produce a large number of copies of a certain viral or bacterial protein, or sometimes just a small portion of the protein. This step is skipped by mRNA vaccines. They are chemically generated without the need for cells or pathogens, which simplify the manufacturing process of mRNA vaccines and include the instructions for our cells to produce the pathogen's proteins or protein fragments.


Following the trajectory of research regarding utilization of mRNA in combating the COVID -19 can bring more such milestones in the medical field. Medicines are a result of years old research and development done till now. Also, we can fairly guess to see further development of mRNA vaccines with the help of sciences like biotechnology and bioinformatics. Viromics is another branch of biological sciences which has been more active since the advent of COVID-19. Within few years, with such high pace studies and research we all can expect development of more successful mRNA vaccines and complete eradication of COVID-19.

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