Trump signs order aimed at development of better flu vaccines - (London South East via NewsPoints Desk)

  • President Donald Trump signed an executive order that looks to encourage the development of better vaccines to protect against seasonal influenza as well as a potential pandemic influenza outbreak, as reported in London South East.

  • According to officials of the US administration, the order does not earmark additional funding for now, but calls for an evaluation of current influenza vaccine manufacturing abilities and a task force report, including cost estimates.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services will coordinate government efforts to modernize influenza vaccine production, the news source said.

  • The focus will be on recombinant technologies to quickly produce reliable vaccines as well as "universal" vaccines that would elicit immunity against parts of the virus that do not change from year to year.

  • Drugmakers such as GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi make millions of doses of influenza vaccine for the US market alone, growing the virus in chicken eggs.

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