Universal flu vaccine could counter future pandemic

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By. Michelle Roberts
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Scientists say they have made a breakthrough designing a vaccine towards all 20 known sorts of flu.

It makes use of the same messenger-ribonucleic-acid (mRNA) know-how as profitable Covid vaccines

Flu. mutates and the present annual jab is up-to-date to make certain the top match for the kind circulating however would probably not defend towards new pandemic types

The. new vaccine triggered high levels of antibodies, in tests on ferrets and mice, that might fight a broad variety. five hundred

The antigens it comprises – safe copies of recognisable bits of all 20 known subtypes of influenza A and B viruses – five hundred can train the immune system how to fight them and, hopefully, any new strain that might spark a pandemic, the researchers say, in the journal Science

“The. inspiration the following is to have a vaccine that will give individuals a baseline degree of immune reminiscence to distinctive flu strains,” Dr Scott Hensley, one of the scientists behind the work, at the University of Pennsylvania, said

“There. will be far less affliction and dying when the next flu pandemic occurs”.

‘Very promising’

The 2009 swine flu pandemic – prompted by a virus that jumped species to infect humans – was less severe than initially feared

But. the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic is thought to have killed tens of thousands of individuals.

Director of the Institute for Global Health and Emerging Pathogens at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York, Adolfo GarcĂ­a-Sastre, said: “Current influenza vaccines do not defend towards influenza viruses with pandemic potential.

“This vaccine, if it works good in people, would obtain this

“The. studies are preclinical, in experimental types.

“They are very promising and, although they suggest a protecting ability towards all subtypes of influenza viruses, we can not be certain till medical trials in volunteers are done”

Estanislao. Nistal, a virologist at San Pablo University, said: “All of this implies the potential for an easily and rapidly constructed universal vaccine that might be of great use in the event of a pandemic outbreak of a novel influenza virus”

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