USU receives grant to develop global flu vaccine

Utah State University’s Center for Integrated BioSystems is one of two U.S. academic centers that will provide cutting-edge training on manufacturing techniques in hopes of reducing the global threat from influenza. An initial grant award of $322,000 is the first installment with continued funding potentially valued at $2.6 million over five years.U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority awarded a grant to USU’s CIB and Institute for Anti-viral Research to train vaccine manufacuring personnel from developing countries.The grant is part of the World Health Organization’s effort to strengthen the ability of developing countries to produce flu vaccine. Spokesman Robin Robinson says diseases do not respect borders so increasing the ability to make flu vaccine in any country helps every country reduce the spread of flu.

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