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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bird flu vaccine being developed by San Diego-based Vical Incorporated (VICL.O) (That would be America, BTW)protects mice and ferrets against the feared H5N1 avian influenza virus, the company said on Tuesday.
It may also offer potential as a "universal" flu vaccine because it targets parts of the virus that all flu strains have, Vical and researchers testing the shot said.
This so-called cross-protection would mean that new vaccines would not have to be formulated every flu season and could provide a chance to stockpile vaccine ahead of a pandemic.