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A vaccine against all types of influenza

December 29 2006
17:20

On the eve of the opening of a revolutionary vaccine to protect humans from all the major influenza viruses are British scientists. Creators of the vaccine indicated that it fully protects against all strains of influenza A virus responsible for avian flu as well as for ordinary flu. In this case it does not have to be taken annually, it provides long-lasting immunity against the disease.

The researchers first test of a revolutionary vaccine to a person planning to have in the next few months. A drug experts from the Cambridge firm Acambis, in biotechnology, together with Belgian scientists.

Another similar universal flu vaccine, developed by Swiss firm Cytos Biotechnology, is also planned to begin testing on humans in 2007.

Developers reported that the main advantage of such vaccines is that their production is much less time with minimal effort, as compared with traditional vaccination. Researchers stress that they will become an effective means in the event of a pandemic of avian influenza.

"You can actually create its stockpile. In response to the pandemic it will be a significant advantage, - said the representative, Martin Bachmann Cytos. - If you start to make traditional vaccines to the start of a pandemic, they would in any case not enough." Tells Telegraph

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