Flu vaccine makers upgrade technology—and pray for time

Sheridan, Cormac
June 2009
Nature Biotechnology;Jun2009, Vol. 27 Issue 6, p489
Academic Journal
The article deals with initiatives of public sector laboratories and biotechnology companies to develop vaccines against the swine-derived influenza A (H1N1) strain detected in Mexico in April 2009. The capacity to develop pandemic vaccines is driven by improvements in the process and dose-sparing strategies utilized by manufacturers, but the vaccines specific for the H1N1 strain will not be available unless the World Health Organization (WHO) issues a recommendation for its dvelopment. Companies that are initiating the development of both seasonal and pandemic flu includes GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), VaxInnate and Novavax.


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