Identifying genetic and structural similarities between SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).

  • Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
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Grant number: C19-IUC-221

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Funder

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    Wellcome - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
  • Research Category

    Pathogen: natural history, transmission and diagnostics

  • Research Subcategory

    Pathogen morphology, shedding & natural history

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  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Not Applicable

  • Vulnerable Population

    Not applicable

  • Occupations of Interest

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The team have found key structural similarities between the coronavirus and the rubella virus - in the Macro domain, almost a third (29%) of the amino acids were the same for both viruses. The team put forward a hypothesis in a pre-print on Medrxiv that MMR could offer some protection to vulnerable groups against poor outcomes in COVID-19 infection.