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Industry must be responsible for bird flu vaccine, says UK government

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:443
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The UK government has again clashed with the House of Lords over the readiness of the country's vaccine manufacturers to deal with an epidemic of avian influenza in humans.

    In December, in its report on epidemic flu, the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee said that ministers should “follow the example of the US in making a major investment in developing new vaccination techniques” (BMJ 2006;332:8, 7 Jan).

    It also called on the government to encourage vaccine manufacturers to allow the “free exchange” of new technologies so that a vaccine may be produced as quickly as possible. …

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