New swine flu vaccine developed – ABC News report – 29 June 2009

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

New swine flu vaccine developed Monday, 29 June 2009 Dani Cooper

“An egg-free vaccine for swine flu that can be produced from scratch within weeks has been made by Australian researchers.

The vaccine, which is currently not registered for use in Australia, matches the virus found in the 10-year-old boy from San Diego who was the first US case of the illness.

Professor Anton Middelberg, of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, says it is different from conventionally produced vaccines because it is made in cell cultures instead of in eggs.

Middelberg says the advantage of the new technology, developed by US company Protein Sciences Corporation (PSC), is the speed and potency of the vaccine.
Pure protein

He says while the vaccine contains the same amount of protein as conventionally produced vaccines, it contains virus protein rather than a combination from egg and virus.

This means a single dose delivers three times as much of the virus protein as a conventional vaccine.

For those people considered at high risk this will generate a higher immune response in the body and therefore greater protection, he says.

Another advantage is because the vaccine is only made up of virus protein it opens up a variety of methods of delivery apart from injection.”  … continues on the ABC website

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