St. Louis Business Journal
July 24, 2009

[efoods]Saint Louis University has received 500 calls from people interested in volunteering to try a new swine flu vaccine.

“We haven’t gotten this many calls on a study since our smallpox vaccine research post-Sept. 11,” said Nancy Solomon, a university spokeswoman.

SLU’s Center for Vaccine Development is among eight sites picked to help develop a vaccine for swine flu, officially called H1N1 influenza.

The government wants several thousand volunteers nationwide to test the flu shots.

Last year SLU received a $23.7 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to serve as a Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit. SLU has been funded as a VTEU since 1989.

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