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GlaxoSmithKline wins approval for bird flu vaccine

Date: 19 May 2008

GlaxoSmithKline has been granted EU approval for a new vaccine designed to combat the feared outbreak of a human-spread variant of the H5N1 bird influenza.

The company's Prepandrix will become the first vaccine for use in this eventuality, and various governments have already begun to stockpile the drug for the possible instance that the virus mutates from being a disease almost exclusively affecting birds to one that could be deadly to humans.

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