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Dec 16, 2004

Dec 16, 2004

Flu vaccine supply looks better, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials painted a rosy picture of the influenza vaccine supply today, saying most states have enough vaccine and the nation as a whole seems to have enough to meet the demand from groups who need the shots the most.

Dec 10, 2004

Dec 10, 2004

US pledges smallpox vaccine for world stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The United States is pledging 20 million doses of smallpox vaccine to a global stockpile managed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.

Dec 07, 2004

Dec 07, 2004

HHS buys 1.2 million flu vaccine doses from abroad

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government is buying 1.2 million doses of flu vaccine made in Germany to augment the strained US supply, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.

Oct 28, 2004

Oct 28, 2004

Progress on flu vaccine supply announced

(CIDRAP News) – About 5 million additional doses of injectable flu vaccine have been identified that will hopefully be added to the US supply, according to an announcement made today by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson. In addition, 300,000 doses are being redirected to high-risk individuals from stores originally planned for military personnel and federal employees.

Apr 20, 2004

Apr 20, 2004

SARS vaccine using vaccinia looks good in mice

(CIDRAP News) – Federal government researchers have reported promising results in animal testing of a candidate SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) vaccine that combines a weakened form of vaccinia virus with a gene from the SARS coronavirus.

Mar 10, 2004

Mar 10, 2004

Weakened smallpox vaccine performs well in animals

(CIDRAP News) – Two studies announced by federal health officials today suggest that modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA), a weakened form of the conventional smallpox vaccine, could provide a safer way to provide smallpox immunity to people at risk for complications from the standard vaccine.

Mar 03, 2004

Mar 03, 2004

Avian flu crisis dwarfs past outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – More birds have died or been sacrificed in the current avian influenza outbreaks in Asia than in the five largest previous outbreaks of avian flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported yesterday.

Jul 15, 2003

Jul 15, 2003

UN commission adopts new standard for irradiated foods

Jul 15 (CIDRAP NEWS) – The United Nations' food standards body announced last week that it would allow higher kiloGray (kGy) doses for irradiating food.

May 16, 2003

May 16, 2003

Avian influenza may be losing steam in Europe

(CIDRAP News) – The devastating outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the Netherlands is showing signs of losing steam, and a smaller outbreak in neighboring Belgium has been halted, according to European officials.

May 05, 2003

May 05, 2003

SARS virus can last 2 days on surfaces and in feces

(CIDRAP News) – Laboratory studies have shown that the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus can survive up to 2 days on plastic surfaces and at least that long in human feces, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced.

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