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A Swiss collaboration has been designated a member of the WHO's CoViNet network

Launched in early 2024, the CoronaVirus Network (CoViNet) aims to detect, monitor and carry out in-depth genetic analyses of coronaviruses and their variants in humans and animals. The IVI is now also a member.




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Avian influenza

Research project: Vaccination of zoo birds against highly pathogenic viruses of the avian influenza (H5N1).


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Contact IVI

Institute of Virology and Immunology IVI
Sensemattstrasse 293
3147 Mittelhäusern, Switzerland

Business hours

Phone +41 (0)58 469 92 11
Fax +41 (0)58 469 92 22

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Improved COVID-19 vector vaccine candidate

In a recent publication, scientists at the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) and the University of Bern report on a Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)-vectored COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

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The Swiss Rabies Centre

As the National Reference Laboratory for Rabies, the Swiss Rabies Centre at the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) is responsible for laboratory diagnosis of rabies in humans and animals.

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Blog - Young researchers from the IVI

Robin Avanthay : «The goal was to develop a novel mucosal vaccine against influenza A virus  and assess its efficacity in the pig model. »


Transfer of immunological veterinary medicinal products to Swissmedic

On 1 January 2023, responsibility for the authorisation, variation, batch release, market surveillance and licences for importing individual batches of immunological veterinary medicinal products was transferred from the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) to Swissmedic.

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Animal diseases, reference laboratories

In cooperation with Vetsuisse Faculty