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First U.S. Patients Could Receive H1N1 Vaccine Next Week

U.S. health officials announced Thursday the first batches of the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine the government ordered will begin arriving in designated locations across the country on Tuesday and may be administered in the first patients by the end of next week, Reuters reports.

Opinions: Bridging The Divide To Stop The Spread Of HIV; Ending Future World Hunger

To Stop HIV Spread, Bridge The Divide Between ‘Privileged’ And ‘Forsaken’   “With less than half the people who need treatment having access and with each day more people becoming infected with HIV than are started on treatment, we are mortgaging our future. But we are also exposing a fundamental social…

Also In Global Health News: Drought In East Africa; Improving Food Processing In Africa; Hajj Pilgrims Must Take Polio Vaccine; Fighting Insecticide-Resistant Mosquitoes

Oxfam Launches $15M Emergency Appeal For ‘Severe’ East African Drought “A severe and persistent five-year drought” is pushing “[m]ore than 23 million people … towards severe hunger and destitution across East Africa, international aid agency Oxfam has warned as it launches a £9.5 million [about $15 million] emergency appeal,” the U.K. Press…

Deal Between GSK, Brazil To Strengthen Country’s Pharmaceutical R&D

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Chief Executive Andrew Witty on Friday announced Brazil has agreed to buy roughly $2.2 billion of the company’s vaccine for pneumococcal disease, Synflorix, for a period of at least eight years, in exchange for a technology transfer, eventually allowing Brazil to manufacture the vaccine itself, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Also In Global Health News: News Outlets Explore AIDS Vaccine Research; Chloroquine Resistance Unraveled; Authorities Contest Maternal Mortality Report

News Outlets Focus On Participants In AIDS Vaccine Study, Potential Impact Of AIDS Vaccine The Associated Press examines the role of the Thai participants in the recent clinical trial of an experimental HIV vaccine which showed modest potential for preventing infection. “Nearly 16,000 Thais ignored the false rumors that they…

WHO Lowers Expectation Of H1N1 Vaccine Output, Appeals For Donations To Fight Pandemic

International drug makers are expected to produce three billion doses of the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine, “enough for just under half the world’s population,” a WHO official said Thursday, Canwest News Service/Ottawa Citizen reports. “The agency was hoping pharmaceutical companies would be able to make about five billion doses a year, but data collected over the summer led to the revised estimate,” the news service writes.

Investigational Vaccine Shows Modest Potential For Protecting Against HIV Infection

For the first time, scientists say an investigational vaccine has modest potential for protecting people against HIV infection, the Associated Press reports. “The vaccine — a combination of two previously unsuccessful vaccines — cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by … 31 percent in the world’s largest [HIV] vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand, researchers announced Thursday in Bangkok,” the news service writes (Marchione/Casey, 9/24).

Chan Calls For Additional H1N1 Vaccines For Poor Countries During WHO Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

During the WHO Asia-Pacific regional meeting Monday, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan discussed the organization’s efforts to ensure that poor nations have access to H1N1 vaccines, VOA News reports (Bayron, 9/21). ABC Radio Australia reports Chan is seeking “three billion doses of swine flu vaccine to be made available worldwide, especially in developing countries where it still poses a serious risk” (9/22).