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December 05, 2005

Branswell: Can alum extend the power of vaccine?

Helen Branswell on canada.com reports that Experts are torn on whether alum can stretch pandemic vaccine supplies. Clinical trial findings, to be released in the next few weeks, will determine whether a common chemical can boost the effective power of avian flu vaccine.

The trials are expected to provide the first real evidence of whether adding an inexpensive and readily available chemical called alum - aluminium salts - to an H5N1 vaccine will substantially lower the dosage required to protect people against the worrisome strain.

Since currently available vaccines are pretty feeble, successful trials would give us a real advantage in preparing for a pandemic. For Revere's illuminating comments on the Branswell story, visit Effect Measure.

Posted by dymaxion at December 5, 2005 09:25 PM

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