Universal Flu Vaccine In Development - Page 2
This couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. "It's almost inevitable that another pandemic will come," says Dr. Antonio Lanzavecchia, an immunologist with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. According to the World Health Organization, the bird flu killed nearly 332 people since 2003. The death toll remains low because the virus can only be picked up by a bird. Yet if the virus gains the ability to jump from person to person, "it has the potential to decimate the world population," says Ian Wilson, a structural biologist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. This highlights why a universal vaccine is necessary.