Despite the current global economic crisis, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for a continued international commitment to investing in health, Xinhua/People’s Daily reports.
Pneumonia & Flu
Finance ministers from Italy, Canada and Russia Friday voiced their support for a program aimed at lowering the prices of vaccines for developing countries, the AFP/Google.com reports.
$7.7B For H1N1 Included In House War-Spending Bill; India Says Developed Countries Can Do More To Prevent Spread
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly passed a $106 billion war-funding bill, which “included 7.7 billion to help the nation prepare for an outbreak of the H1N1 virus, the so-called swine flu,” the Washington Times reports.
H1N1 Flu Update: U.S. Flu Funds; South Africa Confirms First Case; EU Encouraged To Coordinate Pandemic Vaccine Policy
Senate Passes Bill Including Flu Funds The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a $105.9 billion war-funding bill that “includes $7.7 billion to prepare for pandemic flu,” the Washington Post reports (Bacon, Washington Post, 6/19). South Africa Confirms First Case of H1N1 Also on Thursday, South Africa’s Department of Health confirmed…
The H1N1 (swine flu) virus has reached the sub-Saharan African countries of Cape Verde, Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, according to the WHO, the AP/Boston Herald reports.
The HHS on Tuesday announced its decision to award a $35 million contract to a U.S. company using “insect cell technology” to develop flu vaccines, AFP/Google.com reports.
Health Community Should Welcome Human Rights Community’s Help With Reducing Maternal Deaths Efforts by the human rights community to reach the 2015 U.N. Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters “should be welcomed by the health community,” according to a Lancet editorial. “The health community must be willing…
A spokesperson from the vaccine manufacturer Roche confirmed reports Monday that a Denmark patient with H1N1 (swine flu) developed resistance to the antiviral Tamiflu, a drug known to decrease the spread and severity of the virus, Reuters reports.
“A 69-year-old man in Saudi Arabia died after being infected with a new SARS-related virus, becoming the 14th confirmed case and the eighth death, the World Health Organization said” on Wednesday, Bloomberg reports. “Preliminary investigations indicated the patient had no contact with previously reported cases of infection with the novel coronavirus,” the news…
The WHO will continue to monitor the spread of the H1N1 (swine) flu before issuing a decision on whether drug makers should begin the production of an H1N1 vaccine, acting WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda said Tuesday, Reuters/Washington Post reports.