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Nov 30, 2001

Nov 30, 2001

Acambis wins new contract to supply 155 million doses of smallpox vaccine

Nov 29, 2001 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Acambis Inc. a $428 million contract to produce an additional 155 million doses of smallpox vaccine by the end of 2002, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced Wednesday.

Dec 10, 2001

Dec 10, 2001

HHS announces new bioterrorism research initiatives

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced seven new research grant programs to speed efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases related to bioterrorism.

Dec 19, 2001

Dec 19, 2001

Anthrax vaccine to be offered to postal and Capitol workers

(CIDRAP News) – Because of a small theoretical risk that anthrax spores can hide in the lungs for up to 100 days and grow after antibiotic treatment is stopped, the anthrax vaccine and an extension of antibiotic treatment will be offered to people who may have been exposed in the recent anthrax attacks, federal health officials announced yesterday afternoon.

Mar 29, 2002

Mar 29, 2002

NIAID study: Diluted smallpox vaccine remains potent

A study indicates that the existing smallpox vaccine remains effective after being diluted five-fold and ten-fold, suggesting that the 15-million dose US stockpile can be stretched much further.

Jun 28, 2002

Jun 28, 2002

Trial of Aventis smallpox vaccine getting under way

(CIDRAP News) – A clinical trial of the decades-old supply of smallpox vaccine held by Aventis Pasteur is in progress, and early signs are that the vaccine is still potent, according to a spokesman for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Dec 16, 2002

Dec 16, 2002

Half of second target group for smallpox shots may refuse them, officials estimate

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials project that about half of the estimated 10 million health and emergency response workers targeted for the second round of smallpox vaccinations will refuse the shots.

Sep 05, 2003

Sep 05, 2003

HHS funds regional biodefense research centers

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced $350 million in grants for eight regional centers to lead and coordinate research on defenses against bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases.

Oct 02, 2003

Oct 02, 2003

NIAID funds further development of new anthrax vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government awarded two contracts totaling more than $150 million this week for further testing and initial production of new anthrax vaccines designed to be safer and require fewer doses than the existing vaccine.

Sep 21, 2004

Sep 21, 2004

HHS awards contract for H5N1 avian flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In a bid to limit the threat of an influenza pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding a contract to Aventis Pasteur Inc. to make 2 million doses of a vaccine for humans to protect against H5N1 avian influenza.

Nov 11, 2004

Nov 11, 2004

WHO: world has historic chance to gird for pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Asia gives the world its first opportunity to prepare a vaccine in advance for a potential pandemic strain of flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as it convened a meeting of vaccine companies and health officials to consider the challenge.

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