Vaccine makers prep avian influenza shot for humans ‘just in case’
By ReutersNews Disease watch
Rich nations lock in supplies.
Some of the world’s leading makers of flu vaccines say they could make hundreds of millions of bird flu shots for humans within months if a new strain of avian influenza ever jumps across the species divide.
One current outbreak of avian flu known as H5N1 clade 220.127.116.11b has killed record numbers of birds and infected mammals. Human cases, however, remain very rare, and global health officials have said the risk of transmission between humans is still low.
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