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Flu News Friday 9/25/20

September 25, 2020

Graphical Abstract of Madsen et al., 2020.

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1. Beyond clinical trials: Evolutionary and epidemiological considerations for development of a universal influenza vaccine
Viboud et al., PLOS Pathogens / September 24, 2020

2. Antibodies protect against wide range of influenza B virus strains
Tamara Bhandari, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine / September 24, 2020

3. Human Antibodies Targeting Influenza B Virus Neuraminidase Active Site Are Broadly Protective
Madsen et al., Immunity / September 24, 2020

4. We ultimately should be able to make a pan-coronavirus vaccine, says theoretical epidemiologist
Annette Ekin, Horizon Magazine / September 24, 2020

5. Coronavirus symptoms: how to tell if you have a common cold, flu or Covid
Martin Belam, The Guardian / September 23, 2020

6. New vaccine strategy harnesses ‘foot soldier’ T-cells to provide protection against influenza
Megan Lepisto, University of Wisconsin-Madison News / September 22, 2020

7. Programming Multifaceted Pulmonary T Cell Immunity by Combination Adjuvants
Marinaik et al., Cell Reports Medicine / September 22, 2020

8. Scientists Advance on One of Technology’s Holy Grails
Matthew Hudson, The New Worker / September 18, 2020

9. Decreased Influenza Activity During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, Australia, Chile, and South Africa, 2020
Olsen et al., Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, CDC / September 18, 2020

10. A chimeric influenza hemagglutinin delivered by parainfluenza virus 5 vector induces broadly protective immunity against genetically divergent influenza A H1 viruses in swine [pre-proof]
Li et al., Veterinary Microbiology / September 18, 2020