The tests compared the vaccine elements and the elements contained in new avian influenza strains, which have managed to infect humans, and some of which are lethal.
BiondVax says that its ongoing investigations found that the small pieces contained in its universal flu vaccine are a good match for all of these new strains. The vaccine was designed to contain small pieces of the flu virus that do not change as they are required for the virus’s lifecycle. These small pieces are enough to teach the human immune system to recognize all flu strains, so that the body quickly stops the virus from causing illness. Based on these findings, BiondVax anticipates that the universal vaccine, when the development stage is completed, will be broadly effective against present and future strains in contrast to current vaccines that are strain specific.
“These data are exciting and support the universality of BiondVax’s vaccine against strains emerging in the world, seasonal or pandemic. Today as people are constantly travelling, there are no natural borders that stop diseases from spreading across the globe. We need a new kind of flu vaccine that works against all flu strains and BiondVax has the solution in hand,” says BiondVax chief scientist Dr. Ben-Yedidia.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com – on January 21, 2014
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