posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 06:14 AM
Researchers at the University of Antwerp are currently comparing 4 potential vaccines for H1N1v, also known as swine flu or Mexican flu. 300 to
400 volunteers will be recruited for the tests. “There is a good chance that a Mexican flu vaccine is available early November”, expects vaccine
expert prof. dr. Pierre van Damme, director of the Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination (CEV), a department of the Vaccine & Infectious Disease
Institute (VAXINFECTIO) at the University of Antwerp.
“We were contacted by a number of vaccine producers to test their vaccines as soon as they had a test version”, explains Van Damme. “The CEV
can look back on more than 20 years of experience in the scientific evaluation of test vaccines for different producers. We have been cooperating with
some of these vaccine companies for many years. Obviously, they do not want to lose time now. That is why the number of test centres has been
limited.” Together with the University of Antwerp, the University of Ghent and some centres in Finland, France and Germany are involved in the
I saw the UK's Chief Medical Officer on TV last week saying that the vaccine would be available by the end of August.
As reported in the Guardian
Swine flu is spreading so rapidly across Britain that there could be 100,000 new cases a day by the end of next month, the health secretary, Andy
Burnham, said today.
The UK would immediately move to the "treatment phase" of its plan to combat swine flu, meaning doctors would no longer test for the H1N1 virus and
urge anyone with symptoms to stay at home, Burnham told the House of Commons.
The first swine flu vaccine would be made available from August, with 60m doses available by the end of the year, he added.
"We have reached the next stage in management of the disease," Burnham said. "The national focus will be on treating the increasing numbers
affected by swine flu. We will move to this treatment phase across the UK with immediate effect."
I cannot see how this man could possibly stand in front of parliament and say this.
There is such a huge financial incentive to produce the vaccine, imagine what wil happen to the share price of the company that gets there first.
I wonder if the test procedures are as stringent as they should be.
“Most producers will have their test vaccines ready by the middle or end of August” says Van Damme. “But a vaccine can only be launched on
the market when is has been tested on healthy volunteers. This procedure is also followed for other test vaccines. The vaccination of volunteers will
take place in the course of August and September, because all test vaccines come with a vaccination scheme of 2 doses.”
This is bad news, especialy as discussed in the thread Immunity set for flu vaccine
Seriously, this has all the makings of a really gory hollywood movie, it may be a bit overdramatic, but I feel this is a critical time for mankind.
[edit on 18-7-2009 by kiwifoot]