News & Perspective

Aug 31, 2005

Aug 31, 2005

Prospects for seasonal flu vaccine supply improving

(CIDRAP News) – Prospects for an adequate supply of seasonal influenza vaccine this year brightened today with federal approval of a new flu vaccine and a report of progress in fixing problems at Chiron's flu vaccine plant in England.

Aug 25, 2005

Aug 25, 2005

Acambis hopes to build a flu vaccine that lasts

(CIDRAP News) – The British biotechnology firm Acambis recently announced its launching of a quest for the Holy Grail of influenza prevention: a vaccine that would protect people from the virus for many years and perhaps even stave off future pandemic strains.

Jul 20, 2005

Jul 20, 2005

WHO won't change H5N1 strains picked for vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to stick with the strains of H5N1 avian influenza it chose in April 2004 for use in developing human vaccines against the virus, which many fear will trigger a flu pandemic.

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.

Jun 14, 2005

Jun 14, 2005

Human trial of H5N1 vaccine prompts concern, Australia touts poultry test

(CIDRAP News) – Efforts to combat avian flu in both people and poultry are continuing, although some steps have proven controversial.

Vietnam has announced plans to begin human testing this summer on a vaccine for H5N1 avian flu, a move that has evoked concern among some experts.

Apr 04, 2005

Apr 04, 2005

HHS funds development of cell-based flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – Sanofi Pasteur has won a $97 million federal contract to develop cell-culture technology for making influenza vaccines and to design a facility to use this technology to make a pandemic flu vaccine, federal officials have announced.

Mar 31, 2005

Mar 31, 2005

Flu vaccine supply could be tight again next season

(CIDRAP News) – The United States will probably have enough influenza vaccine to meet the demand from people in high-risk groups next season, but it's unclear if there will be enough for everyone who wants a shot, federal health officials said today.

Mar 31, 2005

Flu vaccine mostly went to priority groups, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccination coverage among people in high-risk groups this season was similar to levels in past years, signaling that the government's effort to make the most of the limited vaccine supply paid off, federal health officials reported today.

Mar 25, 2005

Mar 25, 2005

Two studies boost hopes for pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – Two new studies give reason to hope that vaccines prepared in advance could be of some help in combating an influenza pandemic.

Mar 23, 2005

Mar 23, 2005

Clinical trial of H5N1 flu vaccine to begin

Three universities have begun recruiting volunteers for the first US clinical trial of a vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza, a key piece of the government's efforts to stave off a potential flu pandemic.

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