News & Perspective

Dec 20, 2007

Dec 20, 2007

Congress slashes pandemic preparedness funding

(CIDRAP News) – The 2008 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this week earmarks only $76 million for influenza pandemic preparedness funding, far below the Bush administration's $870 million request.

The President's advisors have indicated he will sign the bill when it reaches his desk, according to several media reports.

Dec 20, 2007

New swine flu virus supports 'mixing vessel' theory

(CIDRAP News) – A new influenza virus discovered in Missouri pigs has a combination of genes from avian and swine flu viruses, supporting the theory that pigs can serve as a mixing vessel for flu viruses and a potential source for a human pandemic strain, according to a report published yesterday.

Dec 18, 2007

Dec 18, 2007

Funding cuts said to threaten states' preparedness progress

(CIDRAP News) – Several states have made progress preparing for a major public health emergency such as a pandemic or bioterror attack, but funding shortfalls at the federal level threaten to stall or even reverse recent gains, according to a report today from the nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

Dec 12, 2007

Dec 12, 2007

Public weighs in on pandemic vaccine allocation plan

(CIDRAP News) – As US officials wrap up efforts to gauge the public's response to a draft plan for allocating vaccine supplies during an influenza pandemic, suggestions to fine-tune the plan are emerging, such as giving higher priority to critical infrastructure workers, the families of key healthcare workers, and community pharmacists.

Dec 11, 2007

Dec 11, 2007

US, China report pact to make food imports safer

(CIDRAP News) – Under a food safety agreement announced today by US officials, the Chinese government pledges to register exporters of food to the United States, inspect shipments before they leave China, and set up a system to trace food products through the production system.

Dec 05, 2007

Dec 05, 2007

Panel faults NIH risk assessment for Boston biodefense lab

(CIDRAP News) – Amid controversy around the construction of a biodefense laboratory in Boston, a project risk assessment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is funding the lab, has been condemned as unsound by the National Research Council (NRC).

Dec 04, 2007

Dec 04, 2007

HHS offers tools to promote local pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a toolkit to help community leaders educate their constituents about steps they can take to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Dec 04, 2007

Dec 04, 2007

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Guide helps homeless shelters prepare

Editor's Note: CIDRAP's Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a biweekly series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.

Nov 27, 2007

Nov 27, 2007

COMMENTARY Little evidence for New York City quarantine in 1918 pandemic

(CIDRAP News)

Introductory remarksJohn Barry's commentary

Nov 26, 2007

Nov 26, 2007

Virus-sharing pact eludes WHO group, but work will continue

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) group that recently met to work out an agreement to ease the global sharing of H5N1 avian influenza viruses failed to resolve the issue, but signaled that work on the issues would continue.

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