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UCL and Oxford to set up vaccine hub

University College London and the University of Oxford will take the lead in a £7-million vaccine development centre set up to improve responses to deadly pandemics such as swine flu and Ebola.

Vax-Hub will bring together academia, drug companies and policymakers to improve the development and manufacturing of vaccines with potential to be used in low and middle-income countries. It will funded by UK aid money from the Department of Health and Social Care, through a grant managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The 25 partners include Public Health England, the University of Leeds, Imperial College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer.

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