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FDA Approves H1N1 Vaccines, Paving Way For Large-Scale U.S. Vaccination Campaign

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines produced by four manufacturers — CSL Ltd., Novartis, Sanofi-Pasteur and Medimmune — had won FDA approval, paving the way for a U.S. large-scale vaccination campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports. The application for GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s vaccine is still being considered.

Also In Global Health News: PNG, Nepal Outbreaks; Taliban OKs Polio Vaccination; Technology Helps In Developing Countries; Satellite Images For Malaria Control

Outbreaks Strain Papua New Guinea’s Health System VOA News examines the ongoing struggle for Papua New Guinea’s health system to treat thousands of people infected by the “simultaneous outbreaks of influenza, dysentery and cholera that have killed about 120 people.” The article includes information about the difficulties heath officials are…

WHO Says 3B People Worldwide Could Receive H1N1 Vaccine

Recent findings that a single dose of an H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine offers protection against the virus and anticipation of vaccination programs starting earlier than predicted will increase the number of people worldwide with access to the vaccine and the likelihood health officials may be able to control the spread of the virus, Bloomberg reports.

WHO’s Chan Says Swine Flu Will ‘Test’ World On ‘Fairness’

Addressing a meeting of South East Asian health ministers Tuesday, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic will “test the world on the issue of fairness” and “reveal in a measurable and tragic way the consequences of decades of failure to invest adequately in basic health systems and infrastructure,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Over 2,800 People Worldwide Have Died From H1N1, WHO Reports

The WHO on Friday announced the H1N1 (swine) flu virus has killed at least 2,837 people – the result of an continued increase in the number of H1N1 cases worldwide, not the virulence of the virus, Reuters reports. “There is no sense that the virus has mutated or changed in any sense,” WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl said during a news conference (Nebehay/MacInnis, 9/4).