Tuesday, June 13

Dutch Company Creates Bird Flu Vaccine, Sort Of

A Dutch company is claiming they have a prototype vaccine for bird flu. However, to me it appears to be the same thing that Dr. Peter Palese of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York worked on. First the Dutch claims

(Expatica - June 12)Intervet, a subsidiary of Dutch chemicals company Akzo Nobel has developed a vaccine against both bird flu and Newcastle disease, the company announced on Monday.
And the other
(Reuters - May 22)A bird flu vaccine piggybacked onto a widely used vaccine against another bird virus could be a quick and easy way to protect poultry against the H5N1 avian influenza virus, researchers said on Monday
it is based on the widely used vaccine against Newcastle disease, another scourge of poultry but one which, unlike H5N1, does not affect people.
Even though this is good news on both fronts, I just think we should hold on with the excitement that the Dutch have had a breakthrough.