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Pfizer begins study of mRNA flu vaccine

Pfizer begins study of mRNA flu vaccine

A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken Jan 11, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

Pfizer said on Monday it had dosed the first patient in a trial testing a flu vaccine based on messenger RNA, the same technology used in the COVID-19 shots made by the US drugmaker and BioNTech.

The early-stage trial, conducted in the United States, will test the vaccine in healthy adults ages 65- 85.

"The COVID-19 pandemic allowed us to deliver on the immense scientific opportunity of mRNA. Influenza remains an area where we see a need for vaccines," said Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer.

The study will test the safety and immune responses of the vaccine, compared to another FDA-approved influenza vaccine.

Source: Reuters/ec

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