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I was very interested to read - on the prompting of a medical
colleague - the article on edible (or rather, plant-produced) vaccines in
BMJ. As someone involved in this field, it was gratifying to see
acknowledgement of how it has moved on from the "fruit a day" paradigm to
"a measured dose". FAR more realistic. Now people just need to realise
that injecting plant-made vaccines is not such a bad idea....
It was also good to see Charles Arntzen and his group receiving kudos
for not only practically inventing the conept, but being among the ones
most likely to make it work in humans. And yes, it is frustrating to see
how slow Big Pharma is to accept the concept of a new production and
delivery vehicle for vaccines - but the tide is turning.
Apropos of HPV vaccines, the days of Merck's Gardasil at US$120/dose,
$360/course are hopefully numbered. Watch this space....