Latest Flu pandemic vaccine Stories

2009-07-16 15:20:00

A potential squabble is taking shape over the vaccine for the H1N1 virus, as governments fall under pressure to protect their own citizens first before allowing firms who make the virus to ship the vaccine abroad. Furthermore, some nations could find their vaccine contracts with pharmaceutical firms are easily broken. With some 70 percent of the world's flu vaccines produced in Europe, only a small number of countries are self-sufficient in vaccines. Nations such as the U.S., which produces...

2009-07-13 12:40:00

Washington's top health official said on Sunday that the United States would commit one billion dollars toward the purchase of ingredients for a swine flu vaccine, as U.S. deaths from the virus continued to mount, AFP reported. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN television Sunday there would be another one billion dollars worth of orders placed to get the bulk ingredients for an H1N1 vaccination. The final vaccine will likely be ready by October. Sebelius said...

2009-07-09 13:45:59

Pending results from upcoming studies, the Obama administration says vaccinations against swine flu are likely and will probably begin in mid-October, The Associated Press reported. While no final decision has been made, school-age children, young adults with conditions such as asthma, pregnant women and health workers will likely be among those who are first vaccinated, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Once results from new vaccine studies set to start in...

2009-06-13 11:01:00

Illinois-based Baxter International Inc. said it expects by early July to release the first commercially available dosages of H1N1 swine flu vaccine. Baxter, based in Deerfield, Ill., is one of several vaccine makers working with the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to combat the virus, which WHO this week declared a global pandemic. Baxter's cell-based technology yields vaccines in about 13 weeks, as compared to the 24 weeks needed for an older process where...

2009-06-11 15:50:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a flu pandemic on Thursday, raising its alert to the highest level of phase 6. The move indicates the first pandemic flu since 1968 is now underway. The declaration of a pandemic means the disease, widely referred to as swine flu, is spreading geographically, but does not indicate how virulent the virus is.  Widespread transmission in Victoria, Australia, indicating the virus is now entrenched outside North America, was one of the main...

2009-06-04 18:35:35

Scientists worldwide are accelerating their efforts to develop a vaccine against the H1N1 influenza virus, a U.S. trade publication in biotechnology. It can take five or six months to come up with an entirely novel influenza vaccine, John Sterling, editor in chief of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, said in a statement. There is a great deal of hope that biotech and pharma companies might be able to have something ready sooner. One company, Replikins, predicted more than a year...

2009-06-02 05:10:00

It's not too late for a flu shot, if you can find one BALTIMORE, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Although seasonal flu activity has decreased from its peak in late February, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says there are still higher levels of influenza-like illness than is normal for this time of year. According to health officials, it is not too late to get vaccinated against the seasonal influenza virus. Those who are in higher risk groups should receive the flu vaccine, said Dr. William...

2009-05-28 15:04:00

Health authorities said on Thursday that British scientists have produced a strain of swine flu H1N1 flu virus that could be used for large scale production of a vaccine as early as October. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that the virus strain is being made available to the pharmaceutical industry and other flu laboratories, describing it as "a crucial step toward large scale production of a vaccine against swine flu." About 13,000 people from at least 50 countries have confirmed to...

2009-05-27 06:35:00

In a statement released on Tuesday, officials with the World Health Organization stated that their scientists intend to continue monitoring the development and spread of the H1N1 virus before submitting official recommendations for the production of the vaccines. "We are in the process of the most basic development of the vaccine," said Keiji Fukuda, the organizations acting director-general. Scientists will continue to closely monitor and study the virus until the end of June or early July,...

2009-05-25 06:40:00

After a week-long conference in Geneva, the World Health Organization's Margaret Chan said on Friday that health authorities around the world should prepare themselves for a rise in both the number and severity of H1N1 swine flu cases in the coming months. In places like southern Asia, Africa and South America where winter is just setting in, Chan warned that the virus could mutate and/or genetically recombine with seasonal flu strains "in unpredictable ways" and must therefore be monitored...

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