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Dec 06, 2005

Dec 06, 2005

HHS hopes pandemic preparations will ease flu vaccine supply kinks

(CIDRAP News) – State health officials at a Washington, DC, meeting yesterday expressed frustration over problems with supplies of seasonal flu vaccine, while federal officials promised that the government's pandemic influenza preparedness plan will help clear up those problems.

Dec 05, 2005

Dec 05, 2005

States support HHS plan for flu preparedness summits

(CIDRAP News) – State and local health officials from around the nation today voiced qualified support for a federal government plan to hold a "summit" meeting on pandemic influenza preparedness in every state over the next few months.

Nov 02, 2005

Nov 02, 2005

HHS releases new pandemic flu plan

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials focused largely on expanding supplies of vaccines and antiviral drugs today as they rolled out a lengthy plan for responding to a feared influenza pandemic that could kill an estimated 1.9 million Americans under worst-case assumptions.

Oct 28, 2005

Oct 28, 2005

Chiron wins H5N1 vaccine contract; WHO says virus is changing

(CIDRAP News) – The US government has awarded Chiron Corp. a $62.5 million contract to make a vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza as part of efforts to prepare for a possible human flu pandemic.

Oct 20, 2005

Oct 20, 2005

US funds tularemia vaccine research, secure labs

(CIDRAP News) – The US government has issued about $60 million in contracts to spur development of a vaccine against tularemia, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced recently.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of NIH, has issued two 5-year contracts for vaccine work, the agency said earlier this month. The agency also awarded $87 million in grants to build four biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) labs.

Oct 06, 2005

Oct 06, 2005

Researchers map 209 flu virus genomes

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza researchers marked a milestone yesterday by publishing a report on the complete genetic mapping of 209 samples of human flu viruses, vastly increasing the supply of genetic data on flu.

Sep 28, 2005

Sep 28, 2005

NIAID, MedImmune team up to develop pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government and MedImmune Inc. announced today they will collaborate to develop vaccines for potential pandemic strains of influenza, using the technology that was used to create the company's nasal-spray flu vaccine, FluMist.

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.

Aug 19, 2005

Aug 19, 2005

Research sheds light on plague agent and potential vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Two research reports on plague were recently released, one describing the mechanism that the plague bacterium uses to evade the body's immune system and the other describing a potential vaccine that was tested successfully in mice.

Aug 16, 2005

Aug 16, 2005

US seeks stockpile of safer smallpox vaccine

Editor's note: This story was revised Aug 17 to add information on funding and a link to the government's request for proposals to supply the vaccine.

(CIDRAP News) – The US government has called for proposals to supply up to 80 million doses of a weakened smallpox vaccine to protect people for whom the conventional vaccine is too risky, according to two vaccine manufacturers.

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