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Blumenthal And DeLauro Try Again For Universal Flu Vaccine Bill

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Ted S. Warren
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AP

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut have reintroduced legislation that would help create a vaccine that could protect against multiple strains of the flu virus and offer longer lasting protection.

They say the current flu vaccine is ineffective for most people this season.

The Flu Vaccine Act brings $1 billion of investment through 2024 for the National Institutes of Health to research and create a vaccine.

Congress has budgeted for $140 million for 2019 to study the flu virus. The legislation would double the investment each year.

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