The assurance of vaccine potency is important for the timely release and distribution of influenza vaccines. As an alternative to Single Radial Immunodiffusion (SRID), we report a new quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV). The consensus hemagglutinin (cHA) stalks for group 1 influenza A virus (IAV), group 2 IAV, and influenza B virus (IBV) were designed and produced in bacterial recombinant host in a soluble form, and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) were generated. The group-specific ‘universal’ mAbs (uAbs) bound to various subtypes of HAs in the same group from recombinant hosts, embryonated eggs, and commercial vaccine lots. The calibration curves were generated to assess the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and linear dynamic range. The quantitative ELISA was validated for the potency assay of individual components of TIV- H1, H3, and IBV- with good correlation with the SRID method. This new assay could be extended to pandemic or pre-pandemic mock-up vaccines of H5 of group 1 and H7 virus of group 2, and novel HA stalk-based universal vaccines.
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