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Oct 23, 2013

Oct 23, 2013

Flu Scan for Oct 23, 2013

New H7N9 case in China
Flu vaccine capacity building

Sep 20, 2013

Sep 20, 2013

News Scan for Sep 20, 2013

Anthrax antitoxin orders
H7N7 risk assessment
Poliovirus in Palestine
Malaria drug ban

Nov 22, 2013

Nov 22, 2013
H5N1 under a microscope

FDA clears first adjuvanted H5N1 vaccine

The FDA approves the first adjuvanted H5N1 flu vaccine to aid in pandemic preparedness.

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Experts offer dim view of potential vaccine response to H7N9

If the H7N9 influenza virus now circulating in China evolves into a pandemic strain, the world is likely to have great difficulty providing adequate supplies of an effective vaccine in time to blunt its impact, according to a viewpoint article by three experts in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Apr 03, 2013

Apr 03, 2013

NBSB unveils situational awareness, SNS recommendations

(CIDRAP News) – The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) today forwarded two sets of recommendations to federal departments that oversee emergency preparedness, one focused on enhancing situational awareness in health emergencies and the other on improving the nation's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) by 2020.

Mar 29, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

Scientists seek ethics review of H5N1 gain-of-function research

(CIDRAP News) – A group of scientists acting under the aegis of a vaccine research advocacy organization has asked President Obama's bioethics committee to evaluate the ethics of experiments designed to increase the transmissibility of H5N1 avian influenza viruses.

Jan 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

NIH panel supports stronger safeguards for H5N1 research

(CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory committee yesterday recommended increased biosafety precautions for research involving H5N1 avian influenza viruses that can spread among mammals, a step that stems from the ongoing controversy over studies involving lab-modified H5N1 strains that show increased transmissibility in ferrets.

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