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UK scientists develop new vaccine technology

Last Updated: 2004-10-19 9:49:56 -0400 (Reuters Health)

By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have taken tips from Mother Nature to develop a new technology that could deliver cheaper, life-saving vaccines that don't require refrigeration to millions of children in remote areas of the world.

About two million youngsters die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles. Each year up to 50 percent of vaccines are ruined because of temperature damage.

The stable-liquid vaccine technology devised by researchers at Cambridge Biostability Ltd eliminates the need for costly refrigeration.

"It could revolutionise how we deliver vaccines in the developing world," said Dr Stewart Tyson, of Britain's Department for International Development, which will provide 950,000 pounds ($1.7 million) for the project.

Article from Reuters

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