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Dec 07, 2010

Dec 07, 2010

Universities found pandemic preparedness paid off

(CIDRAP News) – During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, when colleges faced unique challenges, a group of large US universities found that preparedness paid off and that students were able to play a key role in response efforts, according to a new report.

Sep 29, 2010

Sep 29, 2010

WHO pandemic review group concludes third session

(CIDRAP News) – The external committee tasked with reviewing the World Health Organization's (WHO's) response to the H1N1 pandemic wrapped up its third round of live meetings in Geneva today, hearing from an array of country and organization health representatives, as well as WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, who strongly defended the organization's response.

Jul 01, 2010

Jul 01, 2010

Analysts say WHO communication errors spurred 'false pandemic' charges

(CIDRAP News) – Two private risk-communication consultants who have done work for the World Health Organization (WHO) have published an analysis arguing that the agency's messaging missteps have lent undeserved credibility to accusations that it exaggerated the H1N1 pandemic threat in order to enrich pharmaceutical companies.

Jun 04, 2010

Jun 04, 2010

BMJ, European group criticize WHO pandemic actions

(CIDRAP News) – An article published by the British Medical Journal says three scientists who helped frame World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on pandemic influenza preparedness had consulted for pharmaceutical companies that stood to profit from the WHO guidance and that the WHO did not disclose the scientists' industry ties.

May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010

Proposal for prepandemic vaccination sparks discussion

(CIDRAP News) – An influenza expert who formerly headed the World Health Organization's (WHO's) flu program and now works for Novartis has suggested developing a prepandemic vaccine to get the jump on the next flu pandemic—an idea that other experts are greeting with caution or skepticism.

Mar 24, 2010

Mar 24, 2010

Business experts share pandemic lessons learned

(CIDRAP News) – With pandemic flu activity declining over the past few months, businesses have a chance to retool some of their response plans, while many grapple with issues such as protective equipment shelf life and how to protect employees when pandemic or seasonal flu returns, corporate executives said today at a webinar.

Jan 13, 2010

Jan 13, 2010

Health officials, experts reject 'false pandemic' charges

(CIDRAP News) – Leading public health officials and experts have sharply rejected charges from some European officials that pharmaceutical companies used exaggerated claims about the H1N1 pandemic threat to scare governments into buying unnecessary stockpiles of vaccines.

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