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Feb 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018
Drawing vaccine from a vial

Senate bill would jump-start universal flu vaccine efforts

The proposed law would direct $200 million a year for 5 years to research.

Feb 06, 2018

Feb 06, 2018
Researcher holding drug capsule

FDA cites progress, hurdles in antibiotic development

Since July 2012, the FDA has approved 12 products that are now on the market.

Dec 28, 2017

Dec 28, 2017
Grocery store case

Report finds gaps in FDA food recall process

In response, the FDA said it has already made headway in fixing the problems and will take further steps in 2018.

Dec 19, 2017

Dec 19, 2017
Ebola virus

Feds lift gain-of-function research pause, offer guidance

Researchers are relieved to resume experiments, but some public health questions remain.

Dec 18, 2017

Dec 18, 2017
CDC headquarters

Infectious disease groups weigh in on CDC-budget word ban

"Censorship . . . threatens to disrupt a prime goal of government: protecting public safety," the groups write.

Nov 01, 2017

Nov 01, 2017
BSL-3 laboratory

GAO calls for better oversight of high-containment labs

Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.

Oct 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017
Ferret

Study details pandemic potential of latest H7N9 flu strains

In a sample from a patient who died, researchers saw signs that the H7N9 virus had started to mutate to a form resistant to Tamiflu.

Oct 02, 2017

Oct 02, 2017
Vials and syringe

Project BioShield adds Ebola vaccines, drugs to US stockpile

The $170.2 million in BioShield funds covers late-stage development and buys up to 1.13 million vaccine regimens and an unspecified number of treatment courses of two Ebola drugs.

Sep 28, 2017

Sep 28, 2017
Flu shot

Officials highlight flu vaccination gaps, progress ahead of season

Coverage in adults over 50 increased, but immunization reached only 46.8% of the US population.

Sep 05, 2017

Sep 05, 2017
Vaccine vials and syringe

Sanofi halts work on Zika vaccine amid federal funding cuts

The vaccine it has been developing with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has been halted.

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