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2009-05-16 09:00:00

British-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced on Friday that it will be manufacturing large amounts of emergency flu vaccines for a number countries as soon as the World Health Organization discloses the vaccine's key ingredient.As the current number of confirmed swine flu cases tops 7,500 in 34 different countries, WHO officials are deliberating over when they should ask vaccine manufacturers to begin upping their production in order to fight the virus."We expect this pattern...

2009-05-15 12:00:00

The British government has ordered 90 million doses of the vaccine for the H1N1 swine flu virus, the World Health Organization said Friday. The U.N. health organization said the government's vaccine order to drug manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and Baxter came after the number of confirmed swine flu cases increased by more than 1,000 during a 24-hour period. Sky News said the number of confirmed H1N1 cases has reached 7,520 with 65 deaths attributed to the spread of swine flu. Britain's...

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2009-05-04 13:40:00

On Friday, a Democratic U.S. senator proposed setting up a free vaccination program to fend off future outbreaks of dangerous strains. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said that with the U.S. on alert for more cases of the new H1N1 swine flu virus, the government should include funding for free vaccines for all Americans in the supplemental spending bill that is now moving through Congress. "The harsh reality is that we have repeatedly experienced devastating flu pandemics," Harkin said in a...

2009-05-04 07:54:00

LONDON, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A synthetic peptide H1N1 vaccine is available now for testing worldwide, from Replikins Ltd. The company has developed the vaccine based on the same Replikins peptide technology which provided the surprise advance warning one year ago that the current H1N1 outbreak/pandemic was on its way (http://www.replikins.com). A unique advantage of the Replikins vaccine is its rapid availability; the WHO, CDC and others have stated that conventionally developed H1N1...

2009-04-30 10:58:00

BEIJING, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NYSE Amex: SVA), a leading developer and provider of vaccines in China, today announced that the Company has initiated preparatory activities for the development of a vaccine for the new influenza A (H1N1) strain, Swine Flu, which is currently spreading throughout Mexico and other parts of the world. Sinovac has contacted various Chinese government authorities and other global health organizations in order to closely monitor...

2009-04-30 08:16:00

Production of a Swine Flu Vaccine in a Few Weeks MERIDEN, Conn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation (PSC), a privately-owned biopharmaceutical company based in Meriden, CT, announced today that stockholders elected a new slate of members to the Company's Board of Directors at the 2009 Annual Meeting, held on April 28, 2009. Those Directors are: Daniel D. Adams, who has been CEO since July 1996, President since 1998 and a Director since May 1996. Mr. Adams also was...

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2009-04-29 10:40:00

Health authorities have not yet pinpointed the type of vaccine they want produced to combat the swine flu, the head of a major vaccine producer said. Chief Executive Officer Christopher Viehbacher at Sanofi-Aventis SA said a targeted vaccine could be available about 15 weeks after the World Health Organization issues instructions for a disease-specific vaccine, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Sanofi manufacturing facilities in the United States and France are already working full...

2008-11-05 00:00:15

Despite vaccines that were poor matches for flu strains in the 2004-05 season, flu shots still were effective in young children, U.S. researchers say. "These years were poor matches and fully vaccinated children were still half as likely to get the flu," Dr. Katherine Eisenberg, a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York who was the study author, said in a statement. "Conservatively, we can estimate that vaccination for flu could prevent...

2008-09-25 21:00:10

WASHINGTON - Just about everybody needs a flu vaccine - unless you're an infant or a healthy adult hermit - but far too few of the Americans who need protection the most get it. That's the message as flu-shot season officially began Wednesday with a call for a record number to be inoculated - including 30 million more school-age children than ever before targeted. "Get out there and get protected and protect others, and for sure protect your children," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director...

2008-09-25 21:00:10

U.S. health officials said a new flu vaccine should protect against the three main flu strains expected to cause illness this year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a record 143 million to 146 million doses of influenza vaccine will be produced for use in the United States during the 2008-2009 influenza season. Several manufacturers began shipping vaccine in August, with most of the vaccine expected to be distributed by the end of November, the CDC said Wednesday on...