Volume 13, Number 1 July 8, 2005

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VIDO gets $6.9m for vaccine project

On June 27, the U of S Vaccine & Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) was awarded $6.9 million over five years by the Grand Challenges in Global Health competition, largely funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Grand Challenges program, with the equivalent of $594 million (CAN) in funding, seeks scientific breakthroughs to fight diseases that kill millions each year in poor countries.

For their project, VIDO Director Lorne Babiuk and his team will develop an improved, single-dose version of the vaccine for whooping cough, which kills 200,000–400,000 infants a year. Most current vaccines must be given over weeks or months – an obstacle for families who must travel long distances to a health clinic.


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