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2006-07-26 04:20:00

By Ben Hirschler LONDON -- A bird flu vaccine for humans that uses only a very low dose of active ingredient has proved effective in clinical tests and could be mass produced in 2007, its maker GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Wednesday. Europe's biggest pharmaceuticals group said it was on track to start manufacturing by the end of 2006 and could make hundreds of millions of doses next year, assuming the product is approved by regulators. It will probably cost around 4 pounds ($7.40) -- the same...

2006-07-26 02:45:00

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - A bird flu vaccine for humans that uses only a very low dose of active ingredient has proved effective in clinical tests and could be available in 2007, its maker GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Wednesday. The promising result means Europe's biggest pharmaceuticals group is on track to start making the vaccine in commercial quantities by the end of the year. Glaxo believes its H5N1 vaccine will work more efficiently than rival ones in development because of the...

2006-07-26 02:50:00

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - A bird flu vaccine for humans that uses only a very low dose of active ingredient has proved effective in clinical tests and could be available in 2007, its maker GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Wednesday. The promising result means Europe's biggest pharmaceuticals group is on track to start making the vaccine in commercial quantities by the end of the year. Glaxo believes its H5N1 vaccine will work more efficiently than rival ones in development because of the...

2006-07-21 17:04:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department's failure to develop a "comprehensive" program to monitor for bird flu could leave the country unprepared if an outbreak happens, a bipartisan group of senators said on Friday. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, six lawmakers said some states were not as prepared as they should be for the disease. To better protect public health, they said, the department should provide states with a protocol for developing avian...

2006-07-11 16:49:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Health and Human Services Department released another $225 million to states and cities on Tuesday to use in preparing for a pandemic of bird flu or other disease. The allotment is the largest share of $350 million designated to help state and local governments buy supplies and fix up medical and emergency services. The first $100 million was distributed in February to identify gaps. The money goes to help states pay for activities above and beyond...

2006-07-11 15:25:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Health and Human Services Department released another $225 million to states and cities on Tuesday to use in preparing for a pandemic of bird flu or other disease. The allotment is the largest share of $350 million designated to help state and local governments buy supplies and fix up medical and emergency services. The first $100 million was distributed in February to identify the gaps. "These funds will build on the work begun at the summits and help local,...

2006-06-30 13:06:32

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The risk of bird flu mutating into a form more easily spread between people is still high and there could be an increase in human infections at the end of the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday. In a report analyzing more than 200 known bird flu cases, the United Nations agency identified three peaks in human infections since 2003, all concentrated during the winter and spring seasons in the northern hemisphere. "If...

2006-06-21 13:29:33

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's top-selling drugs, cholesterol-lowering statins, might provide a way to treat feared bird flu, according to a doctor and retired drug company executive who is trying to get the researchers to study the possibility. Antivirals that affect the influenza virus are in short supply, and it will be years before vaccine makers can ramp up capacity enough to immunize the world's population against a pandemic...

2006-06-20 14:55:00

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Tuesday, it has only negative results for all bird flu samples taken from a backyard flock in Eastern Canada. "So far we have nothing but negative results from all samples that have been taken from Prince Edward Island," said CFIA veterinarian Dr. Jim Clark. All indications show the gosling carried a low-pathogen strain of bird flu which is not a threat to human health.

2006-06-15 04:45:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- A lab-engineered bird flu vaccine protected ferrets against several strains of H5N1 avian influenza, offering the possibility of making a vaccine ahead of any pandemic, U.S.-based scientists said on Wednesday. But it may be tricky to test it in humans, reported Elena Govorkova and colleagues at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The animals were protected even though they did not show the usual antibody...


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