Topic: Pandemic Preparedness
Based in Oxford and slated to open in 2022, the center will focus on creating rapid, cost-effective ways of developing and manufacturing vaccines.
Bill Gates and Larry Page set up a challenge to develop a universal flu shot.
Johnson & Johnson and a U.S. development agency are zeroing in on pandemic flu in a novel deal focusing on vaccine and flu drug candidates.
The U.S. could run into a vaccine supply predicament if an influenza pandemic hits, since only one drugmaker has a domestic facility with egg-based vaccine production capabilities.