Latest Flu pandemic vaccine Stories

2009-08-09 23:01:23

The United States and other Northern Hemisphere countries are racing to get ready for a second wave of H1N1 flu virus that could be weeks away, officials said. The pandemic that has spread in the Southern Hemisphere, which is currently in mid-winter, has struck especially harshly in the poorest parts of the world, international health officials told The Washington Post. A second wave of the first influenza pandemic in 41 years could reach the Northern Hemisphere within weeks, U.S. and...

2009-08-06 13:40:00

The World Health Organization stated on Thursday that the procedures being implemented to speed approvals of the new vaccines for the swine flu do not reduce safety. According to the WHO, vaccines have to be readily accessible and available in large amounts to have the greatest impact. "The public needs to be reassured that regulatory procedures in place for the licensing of pandemic vaccines, including procedures for expediting regulatory approval, are rigorous and do not compromise safety...

2009-07-31 09:09:43

Maryland-based Medimmune pharmaceuticals expects to produce nearly five times the amount of H1N1 vaccine originally anticipated, its executives said. Medimmune, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca, expects to make 200 million doses by March, so many doses it will run out of nasal spray devices and may have to use nose droppers, Bernardus N.M. Machielse, Medimmune's executive vice president for operations told The New York Times. Medimmune is of the five companies under contract to the U.S. government...

2009-07-29 17:37:34

U.S. health experts said Wednesday that first responders, healthcare workers and those most at risk would be first in line for a H1N1 flu vaccine. At a meeting of the 14-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the committee determined that those with the highest risk of complications for H1N1 flu are pregnant women; people caring for infants under 6 months; children and young adults from 6 months-24 years;...

2009-07-26 13:57:37

Many European governments say that they will fast-track the testing of a new swine flu vaccine in an attempt to vaccinate people before winter, although some experts say they are concerned about risking safety and giving proper vaccine doses. The European Medicines Agency is accelerating the approval process for the swine flu vaccine. Countries like Britain, Greece, France and Sweden all say that they will start using the vaccine once it is given approval, which could happen within weeks....

2009-07-23 06:40:00

US officials are looking to launch clinical trials of a swine flu vaccine before the winter flu season begins. "With the emergence of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, we have undertaken a collaborative and efficient process of vaccine development that is proceeding in stepwise fashion," said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The United States has been hit the hardest by the A(H1N1) virus, with over 40,600 cases and 263 deaths. The Centers for...

2009-07-22 09:47:23

The first human trials of the H1N1 flu vaccines began Wednesday in Australia, where the flu season is under way. About 500 people turned out for the trials, various media outlets reported. Drug companies CSL and Vaxine began testing their products -- CSL on 240 healthy adult volunteers and Vaxine on 300, Nature.com reported. CSL's Research and Development Director Andrew Cuthbertson told the Sydney Morning Herald said the vaccine should be proven by late September. As soon as I have...

2009-07-22 08:00:00

ADELAIDE, Australia, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- VAXINE Pty Ltd, a South Australian biotechnology company, has successfully undertaken the first ever human immunisations with a candidate swine flu vaccine. "This represents a major breakthrough as it is the first administration to human subjects of a swine flu vaccine anywhere in the world," said Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, Vaxine's Research Director. "The swine influenza vaccine we are testing, unlike old-fashioned egg-based virus vaccines is...

2009-07-21 06:15:00

The Food and Drug Administration approved a seasonal flu vaccine on Monday, and announced that Americans should plan to be vaccinated. Vaccines against the seasonal flu usually become available in September or October and flu experts say that it is worth it to be immunized as late as January, because February is the peak for the U.S. influenza season. The new H1N1 swine flu virus has circulated all summer and companies are working to make a separate vaccine against what the World Health...

2009-07-17 23:14:40

The U.S. government is planning for widespread H1N1 vaccination in the fall but federal officials say they are not worried about having enough vaccine. The yields, what we have heard about yields, is consistent with the way we were planning and we haven't heard news that has changed our expectations for vaccine availability in the fall, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a telephone...

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