Shalom Life | January 27, 2015

Israeli Super-Vaccine Looks To Eliminate Influenza

BiondVax Pharmaceuticals have created a vaccine that they hope will entirely abolish the 'flu family'

By: NoCamels Team

Published: January 23rd, 2014 in Health » Israel

Israeli Super-Vaccine Looks To Eliminate Influenza

It is little wonder that so many of the world’s health scares, such as the swine flu and bird flu pandemics, were caused by the flu virus. The virus, also known as influenza, mutates often, is highly contagious and grows resistant to treatments. Now, an Israeli company has developed a universal vaccine that may forever eradicate the flu family.

BiondVax Pharmaceuticals, which is developing the vaccine, has announced that it has completed a series of tests, which show that the vaccine is indeed “universal” and is also suited to the many new deadly flu strains that have appeared in the past few years.

Until relatively recently, the flu strains H5N8, H6N1, H7N7, H7N9 and H10N8 infected only birds and were not considered dangerous for humans. However, as viruses do, all of them have now evolved and infected humans as well.

Between 2003 and 2013, the bird flu H5N1, for example, has infected 648 people, with 384 deaths as a result. Similarly, the H7N9 virus, first identified in China, has since March 2013 caused the death of 33 percent of those infected.

A universal vaccine

In contrast to current vaccines, which are strain-specific, BiondVax‘s new vaccine was designed to contain small doses of the flu virus, which are enough to teach the human immune system to recognize all flu strains, so that the body quickly stops the virus from causing illness. The company anticipates that the universal vaccine, when the development stage is completed, will be broadly effective against present and future strains of flu.

BiondVax’s Chief Scientist Doctor Tamar Ben-Yedidia says: “These data are exciting and support the universality of BiondVax’s vaccine against strains emerging in the world, seasonal or pandemic. Today as people are constantly travelling, there are no natural borders that stop diseases from spreading across the globe. We need a new kind of flu vaccine that works against all flu strains and BiondVax has the solution in hand”.

BiondVax is a publicly traded advanced clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to improving global protection against influenza. The universal influenza vaccine, called M-001, is their lead product.

Reprinted with permission from No Camels - Israeli Innovation News

A Look at Israel's 'Designer' Strains of Medical Marijuana A Look at Israel's 'Designer' Strains of Medical Marijuana TrendingIsraeli Students Bringing Clean Water to Tanzania Israeli Students Bringing Clean Water to Tanzania TrendingIsraeli Study Says Parents Should Start Teaching Kids How to Write Even Earlier Israeli Study Says Parents Should Start Teaching Kids How to Write Even Earlier Trending
 

Drake, Leonard Cohen, Chromeo Nominated for Juno Awards

January 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Drake, Leonard Cohen, Chromeo Nominated for Juno Awards

The nominees for the 2015 Juno Awards were announced in Toronto on Tuesday

Read More

Chelsea Handler Filming Secret Project in Israel?

January 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Chelsea Handler Filming Secret Project in Israel?

The comedian is currently in the Holy Land shooting something in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Read More

Dennis Rodman Has Personally Invited Seth Rogen to See North Korea

January 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Dennis Rodman Has Personally Invited Seth Rogen to See North Korea

The former basketball player spoke with The Hollywood reporter about 'The Interview'.

Read More

‘American Sniper’ Comments Get Seth Rogen and Michael Moore Banned From Michigan Restaurant

January 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
‘American Sniper’ Comments Get Seth Rogen and Michael Moore Banned From Michigan Restaurant

The Hollywood stars are no longer welcome at Brann's Sizzling Steaks and Sports Bar

Read More

@CrazyJewishMom Instagram Account Goes Viral

January 27, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
@CrazyJewishMom Instagram Account Goes Viral

Kate Siegel posts all the cooky and overprotective advice her mother gives her to the enjoyment of her 160k followers

Read More

Joe Rotman, Toronto Businessman, Philanthropist, and Icon, Dead at 80

January 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Joe Rotman, Toronto Businessman, Philanthropist, and Icon, Dead at 80

"He was one of those rare leaders who dedicated much of his time, business acumen and personal wealth toward a wide range of philanthropic endeavours"

Read More

During Return to Auschwitz, Israeli Admits He's Part of 'Last Generation' of Holocaust Survivors

January 27, 2015 | By Ahiya Raved
During Return to Auschwitz, Israeli Admits He's Part of 'Last Generation' of Holocaust Survivors

"It is the last time that we will be able to tell our story and pass it on to future generations, because there are not many people left to tell it"

Read More

Steven Spielberg Holds Special Reception for 100 Holocaust Survivors From Around the World

January 27, 2015 | By ShalomLife Team
Steven Spielberg Holds Special Reception for 100 Holocaust Survivors From Around the World

"We need to be preserving places like Auschwitz so people can see for themselves how evil ideologies can become tangible acts of murder"

Read More

More Headlines