By: KDKA-TV News Staff

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) – Researchers at WVU are working on a new type of COVID-19 vaccine that would be a nasal mist spray instead of a shot.

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Experts say some people are hesitant to get the current COVID vaccines because they’re afraid of needles, so they wanted to develop a version that works like the current flu mist vaccines.

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When researchers tested it on animals, they found that 90% of them survived when exposed to the virus. WVU says researchers even observed the nasal vaccine to be more effective than if it had been administered as a shot into the muscles.

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Now the researchers are looking for commercial partners to help facilitate production and further clinical evaluation.