With up to 7.3 million people hit by flu this season, scientists search for better vaccine - (CNN via NewsPoints Desk)

  • US researchers are seeking to develop more effective vaccines against influenza as more than 7 million people have developed the disease during the current season, CNN reported Friday.

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2.9 million and 3.5 million people have visited a doctor due to the disease.

  • Researchers are making progress in the development of a universal vaccine that would remain effective for multiple years.

  • "It will be a game-changer," stated Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, adding "it also would very likely be a much more effective vaccine than the ones we have to make each year, hoping that we guess accurately as to what the influenza virus that season will be."

  • The NIH is currently examining several methods for developing such a vaccine, while the Israeli firm is currently conducting large-scale studies in Europe and smaller studies in the US of its investigational vaccine.

  • "We'll know probably by the end of 2020, the beginning of 2021, whether or not we do have a successful universal flu vaccine," Fauci noted.

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