Improving access to vaccines around the world

November 11, 2014

Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo has been awarded $300,000 by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and matching funds from industrial partner Sanofi Pasteur for a study to enhance Influenza vaccine production. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent many deadly human diseases. Despite this, maximum global coverage continues to be a challenge and concern for public health. A major barrier for vaccine industries remains the ability to reliably produce sufficient vaccine doses in a timely manner, highlighted by the shortcomings of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 vaccination campaign. As a solution to this, Dr. Diallo and his team have developed viral sensitizer technology (VST) to improve industrial-scale vaccine production with little to no added infrastructure costs. Dr. Diallo has entered into collaborations with companies such as Sanofi Pasteur, a world-leading vaccine supplier, to evaluate the activity of VST for some of their vaccines. Ultimately, Dr. Diallo believes that VST will reduce the cost and increase the availability of vaccines globally, in addition to benefiting the Canadian economy.

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