VNR: EU gets ready to combat a flu pandemic
At the end of December 2005, the European Union called on projects supporting scientific research to prepare for the battle against an influenza pandemic, with a budget of 20 million euros. The EU had already invested 22 million euros in several research projects which are now generating results. Avian influenza is at our doorsteps, and Europe has co-financed projects which allow scientists to detect and recognise the infamous H5N1 virus as well as understand how it is transmitted between species and evaluate the effectiveness of the appropriate vaccines.
This video report includes two eight-minute reports. Among the winter influenza images, there will be 3D graphic animations of the influenza virus and of the different levels of intervention of European projects on the virus or on infected cells. This report also includes images of European virology laboratories, influenza patients, general pharmaceutical images and images of industrial vaccine production.
The subject of avian influenza will include images of surveillance mechanisms for migratory birds, laboratory tests, virus cultures in chicken eggs and general laboratory images.
People interviewed for the reports:
Prof. John Oxford, Institute of Cell and Molecular Science - Retroscreen, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Dr. Walter Fiers, Dept. for Molecular Biomedical Research University of Ghent, BE
Dr. Xavier Saelens, Dept. for Molecular Biomedical Research University of Ghent, BE
Prof. Albert Osterhaus, Director of the National Influenza Centre, Head of the Department of Virology Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
Prof. Johan Neyts, Rega Institute for Medical Research Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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