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Mar 21, 2007

Mar 21, 2007

Japan warns against Tamiflu use in teens

(CIDRAP News) – Japan's health ministry today ordered the country's importer of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to warn doctors against prescribing the drug to teens, because of continuing concerns that psychiatric symptoms might be linked to the influenza medication, according to news services.

Mar 22, 2007

Mar 22, 2007

WHO: Six developing countries may get flu vaccine plants

Editor's note: Contrary to this story, information obtained Mar 23 from the World Health Organization and from another news report indicated that Thailand had no plans to withhold H5N1 virus samples. See link at end of story for more information.

Mar 26, 2007

Mar 26, 2007

WHO, Asian leaders discuss virus sharing, vaccine access

Editor's note: Because of a technical problem, this story was not published until Mar 27.

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) opened a meeting with Asian health officials in Jakarta today to hear their concerns about access to H5N1 influenza vaccines and discuss solutions that might allow researchers to regain unrestricted access to H5N1 samples.

Mar 27, 2007

Mar 27, 2007

WHO, Indonesia reach accord on virus sharing

(CIDRAP News) - Indonesia's health minister today announced her country would immediately resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), apparently ending a months-old impasse, say reports from Jakarta.

Apr 24, 2007

Apr 24, 2007

Six countries to get grants for flu vaccine production

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to improve developing countries' access to potential pandemic influenza vaccines, the WHO (World Health Organization) said today it is awarding grants to six countries to help them develop the capacity to make flu vaccine.

May 16, 2007

May 16, 2007

WHO confirms backlog of 15 Indonesian H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today recognized 15 H5N1 avian influenza cases from Indonesia dating back to late January, a few weeks after the country stopped sending H5N1 virus samples to the WHO as a protest against developing nations' lack of equal access to pandemic vaccines.

Jun 20, 2007

Jun 20, 2007

Japanese to study behavioral effects of Tamiflu

(CIDRAP News) – The company that markets oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in Japan has announced it will launch new studies to explore whether the antiviral drug contributes to adverse psychiatric and neurologic events in teenagers.

Jul 25, 2007

Jul 25, 2007

Researchers warn H5N1 reassortment can occur beyond winter months

(CIDRAP News) – World health experts have been working under a general assumption that a feared reassortment between human and avian influenza viruses—a scenario that could spark a pandemic—might only occur during a short winter interval, but researchers who recently examined virus circulation patterns warn that time frames for coinfection are wider and sometimes unpredictable.

Aug 07, 2007

Aug 07, 2007

WHO: Indonesia's withholding of viruses endangers world

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization official said yesterday that Indonesia is endangering the world's health by continuing to withhold H5N1 influenza virus samples collected from human patients.

Nov 02, 2007

Nov 02, 2007

THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Part 7: Time for a vaccine 'Manhattan Project'?

Editor's note: This is the last in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts promising advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing large amounts of an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time.

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