Eggs are used for testing 'flu viruses and vaccines at the World Influenza Centre.
M/S of a scientist sitting at a desk in a laboratory in the World Influenza Centre, which is part of the National Institute of Medical Research in Mill Hill, London. He puts an egg on a wooden box with a light in the centre of it; C/U as he makes a mark with a pencil on the end of the egg. C/Us as he takes a circular cutting drill and cuts the end of the egg off.
M/S of another scientist at a workbench as a man brings him a beaker containing some test-tubes. The scientist is putting little glass covers over the top of some eggs. Commentator says the virus will be allowed to grow in these specially fertile eggs and, once identified, can be fought by an appropriate vaccine.
M/Ss and C/Us as the man takes an egg, removes the top and drops a sample of the local 'flu virus, then puts a small glass cover over it. He puts the egg on a rack with some others and places the rack in an incubator.
M/S of a female scientist at a bench; with a pipette she takes some 'flu infected liquid that has been drawn from an incubated egg and drops it into one of many small glass receptacles before her. She then adds some red chicken cells to tell if the virus is present; two of the receptacles have cloudy red shapes, meaning the virus is present, the third has a red 'button' meaning there is no virus. (This is not explained in the commentary, but is in cameraman Stan Goozee's detailed notes on file.)
Commentator says "Soon, say the scientists, they will be able to inoculate anyone against 'flu - and the big sneeze will be silenced at last!"
Note: on file, as well as cameraman's notes mentioned above, there is also correspondence between Pathe and The National Institute of Medical Research and an article about the research from 'Illustrated' magazine.