Development Of Vaccines To Immunise Against New Subtypes Of Influenza Before They Emerge

Grant number: 350372

Abstract

The world has suddenly been alerted to the threat of pandemic influenza with the recent deaths in Asia of patients and their close contacts from which the avian influenza H5N1 virus has been isolated. Experts believe that it is only a matter of time before this virus mutates and acquires the ability to rapidly spread within the human population. The currently available vaccines have virtually no capacity to prevent infection by a new pandemic virus. Once the virus strikes appropriate vaccines can be made against it but this procedure takes at least 6 months, the time predicted for the virus to have already spread throughout the globe. We are proposing that a vaccine designed to induce killer..

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