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.
Pneumonia & Flu
The H1N1 (swine flu) virus has now infected more than 52,000 people, leaving 231 dead, the WHO said Monday, AFP/Washington Post 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 drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis will donate millions of doses of a vaccine that offers protection against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus to the WHO once the vaccine is ready, the company’s chief executive officer announced Tuesday, Reuters 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.
Opinion: U.S. Should Double Global Maternal, Child Health Spending; Ban, Chan Want ‘Global Solidarity’; Resources For Diabetes, HIV/AIDS
U.S. Should Double Newborn, Maternal Health Spending, Encourage Other G8 Countries To Do The Same Although “child survival is improving – albeit way too slowly – in most regions of the world,” sub-Saharan Africa “continues to have the world’s highest child-mortality rates,” former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who…
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.
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.
Reuters examines the WHO’s battle against H1N1 (swine flu) virus in “[d]eveloping countries, where medical care systems are weak and supplies of antivirals insufficient.”
The Wall Street Journal examines a $1.5 billion program supported by Italy, the U.K., Canada, Russia, Norway and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that hopes “to encourage pharmaceutical companies to develop vaccines for diseases common to poor countries,” which is expected to be announced Friday “on the sidelines of a meeting of top finance officials from the Group of Eight major industrial powers.”