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New Bird Flu vaccine reported

New Bird Flu Vaccine reported

A new vaccine against bird flu developed by GlaxoSmithKline has just been announced yesterday which is reputed to be more effective than any previous version and works at a far smaller dose, the company reported yesterday on its Web site. The ability to immunize people with small doses greatly increases the possibility of making enough vaccine to protect much of the population in the event of a pandemic.

Until now, high dosage requirements have been a major obstacle to making a vaccine for avian flu. An earlier vaccine, made a year ago by Sanofi Pasteur and stockpiled by the government, required such large doses that it would be difficult or impossible to keep up with a pandemic. It was reported at that time that over $9 Billion had been allocated for the stockpiling this vaccine and it would be of interest to learn what the US government intends to do with that stockpile.

GlaxoSmithKline said it had tested its vaccine in Belgium in 400 healthy people, ages 18 to 60, who were then given blood tests to measure their immune systemsÕ response. The tests showed that more than 80 percent of the subjects were protected by two shots, each containing only 3.8 micrograms of an antigen, an immunity-stimulating substance made from the bird flu virus. By contrast, the first Sanofi vaccine protected only about 50 percent of the test subjects, who received two shots with much higher doses, 90 micrograms each.

But health officials said it was too early to make any recommendations about how and when the vaccine should be used if it reached the market. And it is not clear that the vaccine would still be effective if the virus mutated.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said GlaxoSmithKlineÕs findings were Òvery, very impressive.Ó But he cautioned that the results were based only on blood tests, not real-life exposure ÒThe proof of the pudding is, how does it work in the field,Ó he said, adding that it would be especially important to find out if the vaccine still worked if the bird flu virus began to change genetically. It is too early, he said, to tell what the governmentÕs plans might be for buying and stockpiling this vaccine.

Members may recollect that I suggested a year ago at the time that the flu vaccine was first announced that a fraction of this vast sum of $9 Billion be shared with Homeopathic laboratories to be used to identify a remedy for this disease but as far as I am aware this has not been done. This was of course expected and is symptomatic of the general attitude of the medical profession anti Homeopathy and they would prefer to stockpile a drug in vast quantities which when a newer and more effective drug is identified, the entire stockpile goes up in smoke with no mention made of its destruction.

Only 9 Billion Dollars worth !
  Joe De Livera on 2006-07-28
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As the bird flu panic has subsided --- after filling the coffers of the Pharmaceutical Industry -- why do we even need a new one.

And anyway reviewing the nasty effects of vaccines which include many disorders, including Autism, we should probably fear the vaccine more than the flu!!
walkin last decade
I thought Girilal posted a picture of a plant or animal that is used to create a homeopathic remedy for the bird flu.

If I'm wrong, someone please let me know.

Aren't there homeopathic remedies to cure the bird flu? That is if the bird flu is a real desease.

I agree that vaccinating is not the best option for a lot of us. Most of us go through life being sick without ever even thinking that our illnesses started with vaccinations.

Viccinations may just be a big hype to make money.
Pat2006 last decade
Do vaccinations still hurt like hell like they used to?

I know I was severely traumatized by the mere pain they caused me. Not to mention from seeing all those kids screaming like hell from the horrible pain.
Pat2006 last decade
To Pat

The great advantage of the new vaccine is that one has to only get 3.8 micrograms for a dose unlike the old version where one was pumped up with about 5ml which would have 'hurt like hell' and has never been used to verify if it has the slightest effect as a prophylactic to prevent the flu. It will soon be replaced with the new edition which I presume will cost another $9 Billion all over again. The catch is that the manufacturer of the old flu was reported to be affiliated to Dick Cheney.

I wonder how they will discard the old vaccine. Do they just dump it into the sewers ?
Joe De Livera last decade

That must be the reason why politicians don't control how many kids we can each have. They'll figure out their own way to control the population. It's funner for them to watch us die a slow, horrible death

Note: In the USA, no need for strong or stronger border controls.
Pat2006 last decade

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