Swine flu vaccine development efforts hastened worldwide following alert from WHO

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Washington, June 3 (ANI): Having issued an alert that a pandemic may be imminent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has prompted scientists worldwide to accelerate their efforts to develop a swine flu as early as possible.

"It can take five or six months to come up with an entirely novel influenza vaccine. There is a great deal of hope that biotech and pharma companies might be able to have something ready sooner," says John Sterling, the Editor-in-Chief of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN).

Officials at a company called Replikins, which actually predicted over a year ago that significant outbreaks of the H1N1 flu virus would occur within 6-12 months, say that their PanFLu vaccine is ready for clinical trials.

Novavax plans to create a virus-like particle-based (VLP) vaccine against the H1N1 strain, which obviates the need for a live virus seed for manufacturing.

The VLPs contain the proteins that make the virus' outer shell and the surface proteins, without the RNA required for replication. (ANI)

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