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The $1.1 million grant will support the development of an influenza vaccines "road map" that will guide future vaccine research.

Osterholm said that the university researchers recognized five to seven years ago that the current influenza vaccines are inadequate. The vaccines we have now don't protect for seasonal flu the way we need them to, he said. 

"What our work will be doing is bringing together the entire world’s expertise, whether they’re at the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the NIH," Osterholm said. "And we will really serve as you might say 'air traffic control' on a global level for trying to develop new and better flu vaccinations."

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