New flu vaccine gets regulatory nod
A new flu vaccine has secured a regulatory approval and its limited supplies are expected to be available this winter.
Dr. Karen Midthun, a senior official at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “This approval represents technological advance in the manufacturing of an influenza vaccine.”
The approval for the flu vaccine came a time during one of the more severe flu seasons, with many Americans rushing to find diminishing supplies of vaccine and spot shortages being reported.
Chief Executive of Protein Sciences, Manon Cox said, “The Company could have about 15,000 doses available for distribution later on during the flu season.”
The small amount of dosage could be useful for those who do not get flu shots because they are allergic to eggs. The timing for the approval was not related to the current flu season, which is moving at a rapid pace.
Flubox has only a protein from the virus and this protein is made by putting the gene for it into a virus that infects insect cells. Those cells are grown in a culture and churn out the protein. Neither eggs nor the live virus are used, though viral genetic information is needed.
The protein-based vaccines have been used to prevent other diseases in the past, but are new to a flu vaccine. Flublok is approved for adults 18 to 49 years old, and it was 44.6% effective against all influenza strains, not just the three contained in the vaccine.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”