Paper of the Month February 2018
A Universal Influenza Vaccine: The Strategic Plan for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
J Infect Dis. 2018 Feb 28. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiy103. [Epub ahead of print].
Erbelding EJ, Post D, Stemmy E, Roberts PC, Augustine AD, Ferguson S, Paules CI, Graham BS, Fauci AS.
A priority for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is development of an influenza vaccine providing durable protection against multiple influenza strains, including those that may cause a pandemic, i.e., a universal influenza vaccine. To invigorate research efforts, NIAID developed a strategic plan focused on knowledge gaps in three major research areas, as well as additional resources required to ensure progress towards a universal influenza vaccine. NIAID will use this plan as a foundation for future investments in influenza research and will support and coordinate a consortium of multidisciplinary scientists focused on accelerating progress towards this goal.