Development of a Highly Efficacious Vaccinia-Based Dual Vaccine Against Smallpox and Anthrax Two Important Bioterror Entities

The authors integrated the cytokine IL-15 and the PA gene of B. anthracis into the Wyeth strain of vaccina virus derived from the licensed smallpox vaccine to create a dual vaccine effective against both smallpox and anthrax. Studies in rabbits and mice demonstrated superior immunogenicity and efficacy of Wyeth/IL-15/PA compared to existing licensed smallpox and anthrax vaccines.
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