New influenza vaccine shows signs of protection against dozen-plus flu strains in mice and pigs, including swine flu strains which drove pandemics in 2009 and 1918, outperforming current commercial vaccines, and bolsters promise of a universal flu vaccine for humans.

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Can someone expand on what exactly an epigraph is?


As terrible as covid has been I think it has forced break throughs in vaccines that otherwise would not have occured for many years. These in the end could actually end up saving many more lives than covid has taken from us. A malaria vaccine is in the works using the techniques learned from the covid vaccine. Which leads one to ask why vaccines are made by for profit companies. These are for the public good and should not depend on profit margins to dictate wether they are researched and produced.


Would this also mean that you could get a one and done shot for the flu instead of annually, or would it just cover way more strains than the current annual shot (which i think just covers lke 2-3 most likely to be popular strains that scientists need to predict each year)?


This is really important not only because flu kills so many people annually in a typical year but also because traditionally influenza strains were seen as the major pandemic risk, not coronaviruses.


Too lazy to read but is this due to mRNA technology?