Fauci Optimistic About The Development Of A Universal Flu Vaccine Within Next 5 To 10 Years

By Dr Deepu

In a 1,500-word article, NBC News (10/20) reports on its website on this year’s flu vaccine, the market environment, and the push for vaccination. The piece also reports on the “holy grail for flu: A universal vaccine,” which is currently being pursued at the National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci “said he’s optimistic a universal vaccine is five to 10 years away.” In an interview, Fauci said, “I think that we are making extraordinary progress and we can sort of see that light at the end of the tunnel.” He added, “If we can successfully induce a response against that stem part of that protein, we’re going to be very close to developing a universal flu vaccine.” In the meantime, public health researchers “emphasized the best thing the public can do to avoid spread of the flu is to wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes…and get vaccinated.”

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