Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline claims that it has produced a bird flu vaccine for humans that uses only a very low dose of the active antigen. They plan to start mass producing the drug in 2007, assuming the drug is approved by regulators.
GlaxoSmithKline believes the drug will work more efficiently because of the new adjuvant they are using, which allows for a smaller amount of antigen. An adjuvant is an additive that makes the human immune system respond more efficiently.
The antigen is produced in a very slow process, so making the maximum amount of drugs from the minimum amount of antigen is key for mass production. GlaxoSmithKline's vaccine contains only 3.8 micrograms of antigen. In contrast, a similar drug produced by Sanofi Aventis, which uses conventional adjuvants, requires 30 micrograms to achieve the same effect.
The effectiveness of GlaxoSmithKline's drug on any mutated strain of virus is unknown.
Just as some states are having second thoughts about funding an imaginary flu pandemic with real tax dollars, here comes a cheaper flu vaccine under development by GlaxoSmithKline that may hit the consumer market as early as next year.
Of course, if you read carefully, you'll notice that it will not work on any mutated form of the virus -- that is to say, any form of the virus that has even a faint, remote chance of becoming widespread -- but that hasn't stopped them from touting it as a "breakthrough."
The real reason why Glaxo jumped into the bird flu vaccine market: Business analysts project the H5N1 vaccine could add as much as 5 percent to the company's long-term earnings and $2 billion in annual sales.
That might put a crimp into Tamiflu sales and all future profits U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld may earn as a former board member of Gilead Sciences.
My book on this subject, The Great Bird Flu Hoax, will be out in late August or early September. It is an amazing expose and is loaded with many powerful insights on the massive, fear-mongering, money-grubbing scam that has led to the panic over this near-nonexistent problem.
Whether GlaxoSmithKline's "new and improved" vaccine will have the same deadly effect as Tamiflu is anyone's guess. If you want to avoid any form of the flu without taking a health-harming drug, I urge you to review my quick tips for strengthening your immune system today:
- Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugar
- Get enough rest
- Eat fresh garlic regularly
- Use an effective tool to help you address the stress in your life
- Wash your hands regularly
- Take krill oil
- Exercise regularly