A small update on influenza vaccine production. As I mentioned in comment #5 here (link 3 from that comment is no longer working. It led to a pdf-document by Novartis (NVS) on their ("egg-free") influenza vaccine production) chicken eggs are not necessary for the production of influenza vaccines.
Now the update:
ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis AG has produced a first batch of a vaccine to fight the H1N1 flu outbreak, will start clinical trials in July and expects to be able to ramp up manufacture rapidly.
The first results achieved with H1N1 wild type strain showed that it was quicker to make the vaccine through cell-based production compared to egg-based manufacturing, the Swiss drugmaker said in a statement Friday.
"Novartis has successfully completed the production of the first batch of influenza A(H1N1) vaccine, weeks ahead of expectations," it said, adding it expects to get a license in the autumn.
Also have a look at their web site: http://www.novartis-vaccines.com ...