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Oct 15, 2004

Oct 15, 2004

None of Chiron's flu vaccine is safe, FDA says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today ruled out using any of Chiron Corporation's influenza vaccine in the United States this year, following the completion of inspections at the company's plant in Liverpool, England.

Oct 19, 2004

Oct 19, 2004

Aventis to produce 2.6 million more flu vaccine doses

(CIDRAP News) – Seeking to calm public worries about the influenza vaccine shortage, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today that Aventis Pasteur will produce another 2.6 million doses for distribution in January.

Oct 22, 2004

Oct 22, 2004

More nasal-spray flu vaccine on the way

(CIDRAP News) – MedImmune will produce another million doses of its nasal-spray influenza vaccine, FluMist, which could free up some injectable flu vaccine for high-risk groups, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced yesterday.

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.

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.

Feb 17, 2005

Feb 17, 2005

Report: WHO to suggest stockpiling H5N1 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to recommend that governments consider stockpiling vaccines against the H5N1 avian influenza virus now, rather than waiting until a human flu pandemic emerges, according to a story published online today by New Scientist magazine.

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.

Sep 19, 2006

Sep 19, 2006

Sanofi tests H7N1 flu vaccine for pandemic readiness

(CIDRAP News) – Sanofi Pasteur today announced the start of the first clinical trial of an H7N1 influenza vaccine, intended to guard against the threat of a pandemic caused by H7 strains of avian influenza.

Current concern about a flu pandemic focuses mainly on the H5N1 avian flu virus, which has infected at least 247 people and killed 144. But H7 avian flu viruses have caused a number of mild illness cases and one death in the past 3 years.

Oct 05, 2006

Oct 05, 2006

FDA approves 5th flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – FluLaval has become the fifth influenza vaccine licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use during the upcoming flu season, the FDA announced today.

FluLaval, produced by ID Biomedical Corp. of Quebec, a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has been marketed in Canada under the brand name Fluviral since 2001. It was granted fast-track review status by the FDA in July 2005.

Feb 21, 2007

Feb 21, 2007

WHO picks one new strain for 2007-08 flu vaccine

Feb 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Because of changes in the influenza viruses now in circulation, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended changing one of the three viral strains to be used in flu vaccines in the Northern Hemisphere next fall and winter.

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