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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.
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.
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.
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.
US officials are looking to launch clinical trials of a swine flu vaccine before the winter flu season begins.
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...
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 Food and Drug Administration approved a seasonal flu vaccine on Monday, and announced that Americans should plan to be vaccinated.
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.
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