2022-11-25 13:48:28

Universal flu vaccine could be ready for human use in two years expert

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The Independent
By Jane Kirby

A universal flu vaccine that can protect against all strains of the virus could be available in the next two years, a leading expert has said.

Professor John Oxford, a virologist at Queen Mary University in London, said a new vaccine developed at the University of Pennsylvania represented a huge breakthrough.

The US researchers have created a vaccine based on the same mRNA technology used in the Covid-19 jabs from Moderna and Pfizer.

Writing in the journal Science, they said their vaccine protected mice and ferrets against severe influenza, with the next stage being clinical trials in humans.

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