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Experimental swine flu shots are making their way to hundreds of Americans in eight cities in the race to get a vaccine out before a potentially new strain of the flu virus regains strength this fall and winter.
Britainâ€™s first swine flu vaccine trials, led by the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, are taking place at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
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.
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.
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