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Will AI save us from Covid-19? New tool can churn out vaccine models in minutes, not months

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have unveiled an incredibly powerful, AI-powered method for producing new potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates in a matter of minutes or even seconds.

The new process, developed at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, could mark a major turning point in the information war against the coronavirus and its many, increasingly virulent mutations which are taxing an already challenging worldwide vaccine rollout. 

The USC team leveraged artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up vaccine analysis which can be quickly and easily adapted to analyze viral mutations themselves. 

Using a machine learning algorithm, the model can allegedly complete vaccine design cycles in a matter of mere minutes, or even seconds, in a feat which before the pandemic took months if not years, showing how far humanity has come in the past 12 months or so. 

“This AI framework, applied to the specifics of this virus, can provide vaccine candidates within seconds and move them to clinical trials quickly to achieve preventive medical therapies without compromising safety,” said Paul Bogdan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at USC Viterbi, adding that it would allow medical researchers to “stay ahead of the coronavirus as it mutates around the world.”

The method optimizes possible treatments for the particular strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, extremely quickly, eliminating some 95 percent of the possible compounds which could be used in vaccines. 

Using one strain of SARS-CoV-2 alone, the system predicted 26 potential vaccines that it then whittled down to just 11, all of which attack the virus’ spike proteins that it uses to break-and-enter human cells and begin self-replicating. 

The AI-powered system can devise new vaccines in under a minute and validate their quality in less than an hour, in a truly staggering and promising breakthrough, once independently verified and thoroughly tested, of course. 

The timing couldn’t be better either, as the medical community is increasingly concerned that new variants and mutations of the virus will be resistant to the current generation of vaccines currently being rolled out across the globe. 

Furthermore, the current prototype system only used two of a possible 700,000 proteins to develop its vaccine designs, throwing open the door to a potentially unbeatable, ever-adapting arsenal of vaccine candidates. 

The machine learning algorithm draws its intel from a giant bioinformatics database called the Immune Epitope Database (IEDB). An epitope is the part of an antigen – something which triggers an immune response – where an antibody – the immune system response to an antigen – can bind.

The database contains 600,000 known epitopes from some 3,600 different species, including the genome and spike protein sequence of SARS-CoV-2.

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Does your business maintain mandatory social distancing and customer capacity guidelines?

an Automated People Counter is the Solution!!!

The Holiday season is coming up and huge numbers of people are expected to fill shopping centers as we celebrate the season and the end to a very tough year.
Making sure social distancing is maintained is going to be a challenge and the last thing anyone wants this year is a resurgence of COVID-19 because stores were unable to keep track of customers.
People tracking solutions are already being used by big retailers such as Woolworths and Hilltrak is offering a solution that is both safe and cost-effective.

Automated people trackers work by counting the number of customers in your store and notifying staff when the safe limit is met. Once this happens the store can quickly implement queuing.

Manual checking will not be sufficient for the Christmas Rush so Hillstrak brings you our automated people tracker to make sure social distance is maintained and everyone stays safe.

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COVID – 19 Solutions for Staff and Customers ZERO TOUCH = ZERO CONTAMINATION


Made in Australia, the patented stainless steel Sterling bollard dispenser is simple, fully mechanical and available with refills of high-grade, Australian made hand sanitiser.

The foot pedal activation avoids the risk of your hands being contaminated. The stand is fast and easy to assemble. It is suitable as an independent stand or can be fixed to the ground and is robust and vandal proof.

• No contact with hands • 100% mechanical
• No installation required • Durable and robust

• Easy to replace sanitiser bottles


  • Full 304 Brushed Stainless Steel
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  • Height: 1000 mm
  • Foot diameter: 290 mm
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