Go Forth and Find a Flu Vaccine
Bill Gates has issued a challenge – and significant funding – to help researchers push for a universal flu vaccine
The year 2018 marks the centenary of a flu pandemic that killed around 50 million people worldwide. Since then, significant efforts have been made to fight the flu, but a universal flu vaccine still eludes us – and thousands continue to die every year. In late April, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched a $12 million Grand Challenge: “[to] identify novel, transformative concepts that will lead to development of universal influenza vaccines offering protection from morbidity and mortality caused by all subtypes of circulating and emerging (drifted and shifted) Influenza A subtype viruses and Influenza B lineage viruses for at least three to five years”.
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