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Navy Chooses Local Company To Fast-Track Vaccine

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A San Diego company is now working with the U.S. Navy to fast track the development of a swine flu vaccine.

Vical is based in Sorrento Mesa. It's now a partner of the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center to bring an H1N1 vaccine into clinical trials as quickly as possible.

Vical says it could make a shot available in six to nine weeks because it produces a vaccine using DNA technology not chicken eggs.

Vical says it's excited to work with the navy.

"We have a lot of synergistic relationship with the Navy. The Navy understands what our core competencies are, and we know the Navy's expertise is...so this is a great collaboration," said VICAL President and CEO Vijay Samant.

Vical is also working with the Navy on a dengue fever vaccine.

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