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A Boost for Vaccine Development

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Science  18 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5947, pp. 1489
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1489a

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This week, Merck and the U.K. biomedical charity Wellcome Trust established a nonprofit vaccine development institute to be based in India. The $145 million private-public partnership will focus on creating vaccines for low-income countries, with an emphasis on making existing vaccines more affordable and easily distributed and on combating unmet disease needs, such as a vaccine for group A streptococci.