Latest Flu pandemic vaccine Stories

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...

2009-05-23 09:54:50

Enough swine flu vaccine to immunize at least 20 million people in the United States should be ready by late summer, federal health officials said. The vaccine would be earmarked for people in key positions in healthcare, national security and emergency services, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday. The government has asked Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline to make the vaccine and is negotiating with MedImmune and CSL, an Australian company, The...

2009-05-22 15:28:23

About $1 billion has been allocated for clinical studies into two potential vaccine ingredients for a pandemic stockpile, U.S. government officials said. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, said that the department wants to prepare for potential commercial-scale production of a candidate vaccine for the novel Influenza A (H1N1). The clinical studies will take place over the summer. The funds will be used to place new orders on existing contracts with companies that...

2009-05-22 15:50:00

The Health and Human Services Secretary announced on Friday that the US plans to invest $1 billion in developing a vaccine for swine flu. "The actions we are taking today will help us be prepared if a vaccine is needed," said Kathleen Sebelius. The government plans to use the money to conduct clinical trials over the summer as well as create stockpiles of the vaccine. The funding will come from money already allocated for pandemic influenza. It will be shared with makers of influenza...

2009-05-20 07:27:44

The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that will be presented on Tuesday, May 19, at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego. Flu vaccine (trivalent inactivated flu vaccine"”TIV) has...

2009-05-19 06:16:17

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has scheduled a meeting with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry this week to discuss production and distribution of the swine flu vaccine. Mr. Ban and World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan are expected to ask vaccine manufacturers to make specific commitments on both the cost and amount of treatments scheduled to be produced in the coming months. Both leaders are also expected to address widespread concerns that wealthier nations "” many of...

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...

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...

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