Influenza Virus

Serum Institute to make up to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for India, low-income countries by 2021

Serum Institute of India (SII) has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the manufacture and delivery of upto 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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Southampton researchers identify key peptides that could lead to a universal vaccine for influenza

Southampton researchers identify key peptides that could lead to a universal vaccine for influenzaSouthampton , Feb. 14 : Researchers at the University of Southampton, University of Oxford and Retroscreeen Virology Ltd have discovered a series of peptides, found on the internal structures of influenza viruses that could lead to the development of a universal vaccine for influenza, one that gives people immunity against all strains of the disease, including seasonal, avian, and swine flu.

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How airborne influenza may spread

 How airborne influenza may spreadWashington, Nov 23 : Influenza usually spreads through direct contact and droplets, but a new study examines aerosol transmission as a possible way.

On April 4, 2008, seven inpatients in a Hong Kong hospital's general medical ward developed fever and respiratory symptoms. Eventually, nine inpatients exhibited influenza-like symptoms and tested positive for influenza A.

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Pneumonia and Influenza toll rises in the country

pneumonia-and-influenzaThe report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the deaths in the country rose sharply from pneumonia and influenza, but a spokesperson said it is not a third wave of swine flu but only a "a blip we're checking out."

The weekly report along with New York City hospital admission records and the American College Health Association's data on visits to campus health centers showed that the flu is declining across the country.

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First trial to test new vaccine against multiple influenza strains successful

Influenza VirusWashington, Aug 22: A new vaccine that could help fight several strains of influenza has passed its first phase of testing, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Galveston.

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Viruses hitch a ride to travel around cells

Viruses hitch a ride to travel around cellsWashington, June 24 : According to a new study by University of Zurich researchers, viruses can travel around cells they infect by hitching a ride on a microscopic transport system.

Cells are exposed to foreign DNA and RNA and it is understood that some of this genetic material can be integrated into the host genome.

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Asia may be the cradle of flu virus

Influenza VirusWashington, May 20: Studying 13,000 flu samples from around the world, a team of researchers has come to the conclusion that Asia is the cradle of the flu virus.

University of Cambridge researcher Derek Smith, who was doing his PhD at the Santa Fe Institute when the project began, says that new virus varieties evolved in Asia, and then spread to Europe, Australia, North America and finally to South America through travellers.

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How medicines attack flu virus revealed

Influenza VirusWashington, February 2: A pair of Iowa State University chemists have found that an anti-virus drug attacks influenza A by changing the motion and structure of a proton channel, which are necessary for the virus to infect healthy cells.

Mei Hong, Iowa State's John D. Corbett Professor in Chemistry, and Sarah Cady, a graduate student in chemistry, made these findings while studying the effects of the antiviral drug amantadine on influenza A.

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