The World Health Organization estimates 3,000,000 to 5,000,000 severe cases of flu each year, resulting in up to 650,000 flu-related deaths each year.
Vaccines are enormously important but are limited by the need for trained medical professionals, cold-chain equipment, and the need for clean vaccine bottles and needles. Also, a large number of people refuse to take vaccines because of a fear of needles.
US BIOLOGIC and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures (DRIVe) are developing an oral flu vaccine that doesn’t require refrigeration or needles and can be delivered to your home.
Food animals, including chickens, cattle, and pigs, are enormously important to world health.
However, our agricultural systems are under constant threat of diseases. Further, fewer and fewer treatments are available, as we can no longer rely on antibiotics due to threats of antimicrobial resistance.
Example Oral Delivery Projects:
Antibiotics alternatives against poultry coccidiosis with partners at the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.