News & Perspective

May 26, 2010

May 26, 2010

Legal expert shares lessons from pandemic vaccine campaign

(CIDRAP News) – Legal issues that came into play during the H1N1 flu pandemic provided a useful look at how laws can help ease the availability of the vaccine, but in some instances can work against immunization efforts, according to a legal expert who has analyzed events that unfolded over the past year.

May 21, 2010

May 21, 2010

President's advisory group looks to speed up flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of a pandemic vaccine that came too little and too late to blunt the second wave of pandemic flu infections last fall, President Barack Obama's science advisory group today presented a set of recommendations on how to more quickly produce a vaccine in the face of another novel flu outbreak or other public health emergency.

May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010

FDA transparency plan addresses food safety inspections, recalls

(CIDRAP News) – As part of a push for more government transparency, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a draft report detailing 21 steps it could take to share more information, such as providing fuller explanations of its decisions and posting more inspection reports.

May 12, 2010

May 12, 2010

Studies show rotavirus vaccines drop kids' hospitalization rates

(CIDRAP News) – Hospitalization rates for rotavirus infections among US children dropped dramatically in the first 2 years after the first rotavirus vaccine was recommended for routine use, researchers from the US Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reported today.