March 30, 2006
Clinical Trial Highlights Challenges of Developing Bird Flu VaccineTopics: Health Issues
Here's some bad news in the battle to come up with an effective vaccine against the H5N1 virus (bird flu):
(...) Results from the first rigorous clinical trial of the bird flu vaccine for humans suggest that existing manufacturing methods could not produce enough vaccine to protect most Americans.More...
Doctors say the trial of the H5N1 flu vaccine is a first step in preparing the country for a devastating pandemic that could kill as many as 2 million Americans, but it also reveals how vulnerable the nation is, at least in the near future.
(...) "Basically, it's back to the drawing board," said Gregory Poland, a professor of medicine and infectious disease at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. "We've been puttering around since 1997 (when the first H5N1 human cases emerged) and there still is not a viable (vaccine) candidate."
Posted by Richard at March 30, 2006 10:59 PM
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