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    Bird Flu Vaccine Back on Track Investigations into the failure of the Avian Influenza Vaccine pilot trial reveal a defect in the initial batch of the vaccine 17 November 2004, Sydney: Imugene (ASX IMU) today announced that analysis of the initial batch of the test vaccine used in the recent Avian Influenza pilot trial (reported in October 2004) revealed a batch defect which is now being corrected. Whilst uncommon, technical defects in early batches can occur with this technology and can be resolved. “The pilot trial results were unexpected. We now know that it was the batch rather than the actual vaccine that was the problem with the pilot trial,” stated Dr Warwick Lamb, Managing Director of Imugene. “The gene used is the correct protective gene and once we get correct expression of this gene, we expect effective protection against the Avian Influenza.” “Reconstruction of a new batch of the vaccine will soon commence and trials are expected to be underway early in 2005. The new batch will be tested at several stages to ensure that the defect has been corrected. This will ensure that the protective gene will express as expected,” said Dr Lamb. “With this news and the recent success in gaining a $250,000 BIF grant to develop the Avian Influenza Vaccine, we remain very optimistic that we can develop an effective vaccine against bird flu.” END

    Monday, November 29, 2004

    A likely instance of human-to-human transmission of bird flu has been discovered.

    BANGKOK, Thailand -- The World Health Organization has issued a dramatic warning that bird flu will trigger an international pandemic that could kill up to seven million people.

    The influenza pandemic could occur anywhere from next week to the coming years, WHO said.

    "There is no doubt there will be another pandemic," Klaus Stohr of the WHO Global Influenza Program said on the sidelines of a regional bird flu meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

    "Even with the best case scenario, the most optimistic scenario, the pandemic will cause a public health emergency with estimates which will put the number of deaths in the range of two and seven million," he said.

    "The number of people affected will go beyond billions because between 25 percent and 30 percent will fall ill."

    Pandemics occur when a completely new flu strain emerges for which humans have no immunity.

    With a human vaccine to the bird flu virus not expected until March 2005 at the earliest, urgency is being placed on containment.

    It is a day of darkness and gloom for all the people not on imu, a day of thick clouds and deep blackness.Why? because H5N1 has hit. Suddenly, like dawn spreading across the mountains, a mighty army appears! How great and powerful they are! The likes of them have not been seen before and never will be seen again.They have arrived to deliver the vaccine to all our chooks and save us from a gruesome mother of all flu's
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