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The US will pay Moderna $176 million to develop an mRNA pandemic flu vaccine

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  1. TMarkos
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    I think the single largest positive impact of COVID will prove to be the rapid acceleration and deployment of mRNA vaccine technology. It was initially conceived of as a way to make personalized...

    I think the single largest positive impact of COVID will prove to be the rapid acceleration and deployment of mRNA vaccine technology. It was initially conceived of as a way to make personalized cancer treatments that would galvanize a patient's immune system to target features of their particular cancer, and that's still in the works - much faster now that it's caught everyone's attention. Because it's so fast compared to traditional vaccine manufacturing, however, it is pretty perfect for seasonal or pandemic vaccine response and I'm beyond thrilled that it's maturing at such a fast clip.

    We've been in an exciting moment for a while now where our understanding of immune function and our ability to rapidly manufacture tailored organic structures at a semi-reasonable cost has never been better, and the results are things like the proliferation of monoclonal antibodies (humira, any drug that ends in -ab) and the coming boom in mRNA treatments. Very interested to see where we end up as the tech matures further.

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    BeanBurrito
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    The bird flu ( I believe H5N1 ) is orders of magnitude more serious than the common yearly flu. I don't know if titles can be edited in Tildes, but it would be way cool if "the bird" could be...

    The bird flu ( I believe H5N1 ) is orders of magnitude more serious than the common yearly flu.

    I don't know if titles can be edited in Tildes, but it would be way cool if "the bird" could be prepended to "flu"

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    1. skybrian
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      Apparently it is a “pandemic influenza vaccine that could be used to treat bird flu” and I’m not sure if that’s quite the same thing as a “bird flu vaccine.”

      Apparently it is a “pandemic influenza vaccine that could be used to treat bird flu” and I’m not sure if that’s quite the same thing as a “bird flu vaccine.”

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  3. skybrian
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    From the article:

    From the article:

    The U.S. government will pay the vaccine maker Moderna $176 million to accelerate development of a pandemic influenza vaccine that could be used to treat bird flu in people, as concern grows about cases in dairy cows across the country, federal officials announced Tuesday.

    Moderna already has a bird flu vaccine in very early-stage testing that uses the same mRNA technology that allowed rapid development and rollout of vaccines to protect against COVID-19. The new funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services include continued development of the vaccine, including a late-stage trial next year if those early study results are positive.

    But the project can be quicky redirected to target another form of influenza if a different threat than the H5N1 form of bird flu emerges, HHS officials stressed.

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