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Promising results for universal flu vaccine

Just over a year ago we reported that the vaccine development company
Acambis was starting clinical trials of a vaccine that they hope will
confer long lasting protection against all influenza A strains.

Last week the BBC reported that the results of the initial clinical
trails are very promising, and demonstrated that the vaccine is safe and
immunogenic in human volunteers.

Following on from this success the firm now hopes to undertake larger
trials to evaluate the vaccine's ability to protect against flu in human
populations. Acambis have also reported that in animal tests the vaccine
provided effective protection against the deadly H5N1 avian influenza.
This is a most welcome result since none of the flu vaccines currently
available are expected to protect against a pandemic avian flu strain.


Paul Browne

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