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May 16, 2011

May 16, 2011

World Health Assembly opens 64th session in Geneva

(CIDRAP News) – Delegates from 193 countries met today in Geneva at the start of the World Health Assembly (WHA), which will address several infectious disease topics, including a report from an independent pandemic review committee, a virus-sharing agreement, and the fate of the world's remaining smallpox virus stocks.

Feb 11, 2011

Feb 11, 2011

US flu activity rises, shifts toward 2009 H1N1 strain

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's flu activity increased again for the fourth week in a row, and for the first time the number of specimens testing positive for the 2009 H1N1 virus topped the H3N2 strain, which for the past several weeks had dominated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Oct 13, 2010

Oct 13, 2010

H3N2 a player in early Northern Hemisphere flu season

(CIDRAP News) – More signals suggest the Southern Hemisphere's flu season is winding down, while activity is low at the start of the Northern Hemisphere's flu season, except in China, which is seeing moderate H3N2 circulation.

Jun 04, 2010

Jun 04, 2010

BMJ, European group criticize WHO pandemic actions

(CIDRAP News) – An article published by the British Medical Journal says three scientists who helped frame World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on pandemic influenza preparedness had consulted for pharmaceutical companies that stood to profit from the WHO guidance and that the WHO did not disclose the scientists' industry ties.

Apr 06, 2010

Apr 06, 2010

New Canadian studies suggest seasonal flu shot increased H1N1 risk

(CIDRAP News) – Despite a rapidly launched range of studies, investigators in Canada are still unable to say—or to rule out—whether receiving a seasonal flu vaccination in the 2008-09 season made it more likely that Canadians would become ill from 2009 pandemic H1N1 flu.

Jan 25, 2010

Jan 25, 2010

WHO defends pandemic response ahead of Europe hearing

(CIDRAP News) – Just days before a Council of Europe hearing to discuss claims that pharmaceutical companies influenced the World Health Organization's (WHO's) pandemic response, the global body said charges by some European officials that the pandemic is "fake" are "wrong and irresponsible."

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