Too Many Cooks in the Vaccine Kitchen?

Bill Gates announced Friday a $12 million Grand Challenge to speed up development of a universal flu vaccine, aiming for clinical trials by 2021.

The seasonal flu vaccine is a guessing game in matching strain to vaccine that takes 6 months. That timeline leaves us ill-prepared to face off a modern-day flu pandemic.

The Gates Foundation says we need “a broader set of ideas.” But Oxford University virologist Sarah Gilbert says funds are better spent on universal vaccines already being developed: "The real bottleneck is getting these experimental vaccines into testing in humans," she says.

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