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Dec 27, 2005

Dec 27, 2005

China urged to share bird flu data, country claims better antiviral and avian vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official recently urged China to share more information on avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and to change farming practices to help prevent the disease.

In addition, China said it has developed a new antiviral drug for flu patients and a new avian flu vaccine for poultry, both of which are said to be better than existing products.

Dec 15, 2005

Dec 15, 2005

Sanofi says H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant may go further

Editor's note: The title and first two paragraphs of this story were revised Dec 16 to correct a statement in the original that gave a more positive reflection of the trial results described below than may be warranted. The original version said that Sanofi Pasteur had described the trial results as "promising," but the company actually said only that the results were "a sign of progress."

Dec 06, 2005

Dec 06, 2005

HHS hopes pandemic preparations will ease flu vaccine supply kinks

(CIDRAP News) – State health officials at a Washington, DC, meeting yesterday expressed frustration over problems with supplies of seasonal flu vaccine, while federal officials promised that the government's pandemic influenza preparedness plan will help clear up those problems.

Nov 10, 2005

Nov 10, 2005

CDC predicts flu vaccine shortages will ease

(CIDRAP News) – Scattered shortages of influenza vaccine have occurred this fall in the face of increased demand, but everyone who wants a shot should be able to get one before long, the nation's top disease-control official said today.

Oct 28, 2005

Oct 28, 2005

Chiron wins H5N1 vaccine contract; WHO says virus is changing

(CIDRAP News) – The US government has awarded Chiron Corp. a $62.5 million contract to make a vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza as part of efforts to prepare for a possible human flu pandemic.

Sep 28, 2005

Sep 28, 2005

NIAID, MedImmune team up to develop pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government and MedImmune Inc. announced today they will collaborate to develop vaccines for potential pandemic strains of influenza, using the technology that was used to create the company's nasal-spray flu vaccine, FluMist.

Aug 25, 2005

Aug 25, 2005

Acambis hopes to build a flu vaccine that lasts

(CIDRAP News) – The British biotechnology firm Acambis recently announced its launching of a quest for the Holy Grail of influenza prevention: a vaccine that would protect people from the virus for many years and perhaps even stave off future pandemic strains.

Jul 20, 2005

Jul 20, 2005

WHO won't change H5N1 strains picked for vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to stick with the strains of H5N1 avian influenza it chose in April 2004 for use in developing human vaccines against the virus, which many fear will trigger a flu pandemic.

Jun 27, 2005

Jun 27, 2005

Momentum builds for cell-culture flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – You've got to gather a lot of eggs to supply the world with influenza vaccine, but that might change before long.

Jun 14, 2005

Jun 14, 2005

Human trial of H5N1 vaccine prompts concern, Australia touts poultry test

(CIDRAP News) – Efforts to combat avian flu in both people and poultry are continuing, although some steps have proven controversial.

Vietnam has announced plans to begin human testing this summer on a vaccine for H5N1 avian flu, a move that has evoked concern among some experts.

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