BiondVax: Universal flu vaccine candidate 'safe and well tolerated'
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals announced positive preliminary safety results from its European Phase 2b clinical trial of M-001, its universal flu vaccine candidate. The trial is designed to compare safety and immunogenicity of M-001 between (1) a control group receiving saline as a placebo and then the standard H5N1 avian pandemic vaccine, and (2) an experimental group receiving BiondVax's M-001 as a primer prior to receiving the same H5N1 pandemic vaccine. As the data is still blinded, the distribution of adverse events between the total of 219 participants who completed the study in both the control and experimental groups is unknown. Only 3 moderate adverse events were considered to be possibly or probably related to the treatment and no related severe adverse events were reported. Professor Shai Ashkenazi, recently appointed to BiondVax's Scientific Advisory Board, who has guided multiple vaccines through clinical and regulatory approval phases to market, commented that, "M-001 continues to display a remarkable safety profile. It is at least as safe, if not safer, than the current flu vaccines. As we can see in the entire study population, both control and experimental groups, the total number of adverse events is very low and mild."