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  •  I wish Congress would spend more on this research (0+ / 0-)

    It scares me that it takes so long to produce a batch of influenza vaccine

    What would we do if a really virulent strain that they didn't predict back in the spring broke out tomorrow?

    Just die I guess.

    •  you mean H5N1 (bird flu)? (1+ / 0-)
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      People, including me, have worried about that for years. Under current conditions it would take 6 months to make vaccine (see 2009). But if it were really, really deadly, ie 1918 deadly, I suspect we'd get expedited licensing for the 6 week vat batch.

      Scientists in Vienna have developed a new technique for producing vaccines for H1N1 -- so-called swine flu -- based on insect cells. The research, published in the Biotechnology Journal, reveals how influenza vaccines can be produced faster than through the traditional method of egg-based production, revealing a new strategy for the fight against influenza pandemics...

      The Austrian team took just ten weeks to produce swine-origin pandemic H1N1 influenza VLPs for immunological study in mice. This shows that production of a mock-up vaccine is feasible in this time range, outcompeting conventional production methods which take months.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/...

      However...

      Shelf life of new recombinant DNA #flu vaccine is 16 wks. Not. So. Long.  Effectiveness is 44.6%. Nice to have new tech but no home run.
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      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 06:39:00 PM PST

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