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Dec 21, 2004

Dec 21, 2004

Asian countries teaming up to thwart avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Overcoming the threat of avian influenza is the single most pressing agricultural and public health issue facing Southeast Asia, Singapore's minister of state for national development, Cedric Foo, said yesterday in opening a regional meeting on the disease, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

Dec 20, 2004

Dec 20, 2004

Survey: a third of people think flu vaccine causes flu

(CIDRAP News) – In one of several reports on influenza vaccine last week, federal health officials reported that about a third of people who responded to a survey last winter thought that the vaccine caused flu.

Dec 17, 2004

Dec 17, 2004

Congress provides $99 million to aid flu vaccine production

(CIDRAP News) – Pushed by this year's influenza vaccine crisis, Congress recently approved $99 million to improve the nation's capacity to produce influenza vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dec 17, 2004

CDC loosens restrictions on flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – To keep influenza vaccine from going to waste, the government announced today that more people will be eligible to receive flu shots starting Jan 3 where supplies are adequate.

Dec 16, 2004

Dec 16, 2004

Flu vaccine supply looks better, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials painted a rosy picture of the influenza vaccine supply today, saying most states have enough vaccine and the nation as a whole seems to have enough to meet the demand from groups who need the shots the most.

Dec 16, 2004

FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Vaccine-rich states channel doses elsewhere

(CIDRAP News) – When doctors in Maryland needed influenza vaccine for high-risk patients recently, they didn't send a request to a private distributor. They turned to Minnesota instead.

Dec 15, 2004

Dec 15, 2004

Reports blame Florida botulism cases on misused toxin

(CIDRAP News) – Four Floridians suffering from botulism were injected with massive doses of a botulinum toxin that was not approved for use on humans, according to news reports based on court documents filed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Dec 14, 2004

Dec 14, 2004

Dec 14, 2004

Shortage spurs trial of GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine

As part of efforts to improve the nation's long-term supply of influenza vaccine, the federal government is launching a clinical trial to help get a German-made vaccine licensed for regular use in the United States.

Dec 13, 2004

Dec 13, 2004

Leavitt nominated as new HHS secretary

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush today announced Michael O. Leavitt as his choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), replacing Tommy Thompson, who resigned last week.

Leavitt, who served three terms as governor of Utah, has been administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since November 2003. His name now goes to the Senate for confirmation.

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