HHS provides grants to assist WHO in fighting flu in developing countries

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Sebelius says cell-based flu vaccine coming soon

At a Senate Appropriations Committee Labor Subcommittee hearing, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she believed a Novartis produced cell-based influenza vaccine could be available by the 2011 Read More »

Herpes vaccine fails clinical trial

Simplirix , an experimental vaccine to stop genital herpes recently failed its clinical trial, and the vaccine Read More »

New wave of H1N1 pandemic called unlikely

Researchers with the National Institutes of Health say that a new wave of H1N1 pandemic is not likely because many Americans are now immune to the disease and vaccination rates for the flu season have been high. Read More »

Medicago breaks ground on tobacco leaf vaccine facility

The biotech firm Medicago USA Inc., based in Quebec City, Canada, recently broke ground on a planned 90,000-square-foot facility in Durham, North Carolina, that will make influenza vaccines using tobacco leaves. Read More »

NASCAR champ joins whooping cough fight

Jeff Gordon, the NASCAR champion and spokesman of the Sounds of Pertussis awareness campaign, is sponsoring and promoting a song contest called Sound Off About Pertussis in an effort to spread the word about the fight against pertussis. Read More »

Novel tuberculosis species discovered

A novel tuberculosis species in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex has been discovered by an associate professor at Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment. Read More »

Granted awarded to study the effectiveness of Prevnar 13

A $7.1 million grant has been given to the Rochester General Hospital Research Institute in Rochester, N.Y., to study the effectiveness of a new vaccine against the bacteria that causes ear infections in children. Read More »

FDA gives grants to fight tuberculosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on October 4 announced that it has awarded nearly $3 million to fund research that will support the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis. Read More »

Angola polio outbreak a threat to neighboring countires, WHO says

Officials with the World Health Organization said an outbreak of polio in Angola has become a matter of international concern as it now threatens neighboring countries. Read More »

Flu vaccine for pregnant women can protect babies

According to a study published on October 4, pregnant women who are vaccinated against influenza provide some protection to their babies. Read More »

Obama administration raises funds pledge to fight TB, AIDS, malaria

The Obama administration has raised its pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 38 percent and called for changes to the organization that would make it more accountable and efficient. Read More »

Liquidia testing seasonal influenza vaccine

Liquidia Technologies, a privately-owned nanotechnology company that develops particle-based therapeutics and vaccines, announced on October 5 that it will begin human testing of its seasonal influenza vaccine candidate LIQ-001 in a Phase 1 clinical trial Read More »

Drug-resistant TB soaring in Pakistan

Recent research has shown that rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis are soaring in disaster-torn Pakistan. Read More »

NIH awards grant to fight TB

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $4 million grant to William R. Jacobs to develop a new strategy to fight tuberculosis. Read More »

Contract awarded for plague vaccine

DynPort Vaccine Co. was recently awarded a $987,888 contract to perform plague vaccine work for the United Kingdom Read More »

Johnson & Johnson pay $2.41 billion for Crucell NV

Officials with Johnson & Johnson announced this week that they will buy the Holland-based Crucell NV for approximately $2.41 billion. Read More »

California reports 5,270 cases of whooping cough

Healthcare officials in California reported this week that more than 5,270 cases of whooping cough, which has killed nine infants to date, have been reported in California. Read More »

Dengue fever hitting U.S. Virgin Islands

Health officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands have reported 85 suspected and confirmed cases of dengue fever there since June, most of which were reported in the last few weeks. Read More »

Monkey pox shows dramatic rise in Africa

Rates of human monkey pox, a virus related to smallpox, have risen dramatically in the rural Democratic Republic of Congo, with minor outbreaks seen in other African nations and even in the United States. Read More »