UK Health Protection Agency produces swine flu vaccine candidate – 28 May 2009

Posted on May 29, 2009. Filed under: Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: |

Health Protection Agency produces swine flu vaccine candidate

“A crucial step towards large scale production of a vaccine against swine flu has been completed in the UK by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), part of the Health Protection Agency.

A strain of virus suitable for vaccine manufacture has now been produced and is being made available to the pharmaceutical industry and other flu laboratories.

NIBSC is one of a handful of laboratories around the world belonging to a WHO collaborative network that have been racing to produce a strain of virus suitable for manufacturing vaccine in eggs, the mainstay of influenza vaccine production.  Without suitable starting strains vaccine production on a global scale cannot begin. ” … continues on the website

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