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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.

Dec 10, 2004

Dec 10, 2004

US pledges smallpox vaccine for world stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The United States is pledging 20 million doses of smallpox vaccine to a global stockpile managed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.

Dec 10, 2004

Asian nations work on pandemic planning, halting avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Southeast Asian nations are mounting a two-tiered attack on the avian influenza virus that has devastated poultry flocks and raised the specter of a potential human flu pandemic.

On the pandemic front, scientific advances and policy efforts are laying the groundwork for preparedness in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Dec 09, 2004

Dec 09, 2004

Scale of flu pandemic not predictable, WHO says

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization weighed in yesterday on the debate about the potential magnitude of the next influenza pandemic by saying it's impossible to confidently predict how many lives a pandemic might claim.

Dec 09, 2004

Dec 09, 2004

Flu vaccine shortage spurs freelance shots, profiteering

(CIDRAP News) – Freelance vaccinations and offers of bootleg vaccine are two unusual side effects of the US influenza vaccine shortage.

Dec 09, 2004

CDC OKs exceptions to flu-shot guidelines

(CIDRAP News) – If states have extra influenza vaccine left in the private sector after the demand from high-priority groups has been met, people in lower-priority groups should be allowed to get flu shots, federal health officials said yesterday.

Dec 08, 2004

Dec 08, 2004

Human trial of ricin vaccine planned in Texas

(CIDRAP News) – Human testing of an experimental vaccine against the deadly toxin ricin will begin early next year at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dec 07, 2004

Dec 07, 2004

Botulism confirmed in three cases linked to Florida clinic

(CIDRAP News) – Florida officials said today that botulism has been confirmed in three of four suspected cases linked with a Florida clinic that reportedly gave injections with anti-wrinkle preparations containing botulinum toxin, but whether the cases stemmed from such injections remained unknown.

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