News & Perspective

Dec 30, 2010

Dec 30, 2010

Reports call Canada's pandemic response effective, cite gaps

(CIDRAP News) – In two new reports, the Canadian government gives itself a generally good grade for its response to the H1N1 pandemic but also lists many areas for improvement.

"Overall, the response of [health authorities] to the H1N1 pandemic is considered to have been effective," says the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC's) report, released yesterday. The report covers the actions of that agency and of Health Canada.

Nov 24, 2010

Nov 24, 2010

Pandemic had significant impact on Canada's hospitals

(CIDRAP News) – More than 15,000 Canadians were hospitalized with pandemic influenza last year, thousands more than in a typical year, which prompted hospitals to cope by employing such steps as reducing the number of planned admissions, according to a report from a government-funded research institute.

Aug 24, 2010

Aug 24, 2010

Study finds pandemic sorely tested hospital mask, respirator supplies

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers studying facial personal protective equipment (PPE) data at three Vancouver hospitals found that use of surgical masks and N-95 respirators during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic was seven times greater than earlier supply estimates and tested the plans hospitals had in place.

Jul 07, 2010

Jul 07, 2010

Non-vaccine aid for needy nations' pandemic response falls short

(CIDRAP News) – While donor countries and organizations have responded well to the need for pandemic flu vaccine for developing countries, the level of giving for other pandemic response efforts in needy countries so far has fallen short, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a recent report.

Jun 08, 2010

Jun 08, 2010

WHO director replies to BMJ critique of pandemic actions

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), responding today to recent criticism of WHO policies regarding conflicts of interest and transparency, said the agency needs to tighten its rules for relations with industry but insisted that commercial interests never influenced her decisions regarding the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

May 21, 2010

May 21, 2010

WHO: Pandemic showed limits of vaccine production capacity

(CIDRAP News) – Global production of the H1N1 influenza vaccine has made clear that the world still has a long way to go to meet pandemic production capacity goals set by the World Health Organization (WHO) 4 years ago, WHO experts said in a report released this week.

May 14, 2010

May 14, 2010

Surveillance reports show few pandemic flu hot spots

(CIDRAP News) – Low levels of flu activity across the United States resemble a summer pattern, while globally only sporadic pandemic flu activity is occurring with the most active areas in parts of the Caribbean and Central America, according to updates today.

Jan 08, 2010

Jan 08, 2010

WHO: Some regions still battle intense flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – Though pandemic flu activity continues to fall across much of the Northern Hemisphere, some parts of the world are hot spots for the virus, including parts of Europe, North Africa, and South Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

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