17 May '18, 4pm

Pop-up vaccine factories could help to supply vaccines quickly in the event of a pandemic

If anything is going to cause cataclysmic loss of life in the coming decade, Bill Gates has argued, it’s far more likely to be a virus than a war. “Not missiles but microbes,” he said. Nations both large and small, 'first world' and 'third world', are unprepared to deal with large-scale outbreaks of disease. When there are outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases in developing countries - such as Ebola in West Africa and Zika in South America - it can take years before a vaccine is identified and reaches affected regions in quantities that can have a significant impact. And by this stage, of course, there have been devastating effects. Global threat When the new ‘swine flu’ strain was identified in 2009, around 203,000 people were killed globally. The threat of pandemic spreading from the Americas prompted a major and fast-track response to develop a vaccine. Yet it still...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/may/10/how-pop-vaccine-fact...

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