3 Asian countries top list to get donated H1N1 vaccine

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Mongolia will be the first three countries to receive donated supplies of pandemic H1N1 vaccine funneled through the World Health Organization. Read More »

Vaccine availability opens up as doses approach 100 million

The nation is reaching a new milestone in its fight against pandemic flu, with the number of vaccine doses expected to reach 100 million by the end of the week and nearly half of states opening up immunization to anyone who wants it. Read More »

Scientists spot source of hurdle to AIDS vaccine

Researchers have identified the cause of a major hurdle in efforts to develop an AIDS vaccine, according to a report Dec. 18 in HealthDay News. Read More »

EU agency recommends Novartis meningitis vaccine

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H1N1 deaths worldwide top 10,000, WHO says

There have been more than 10,000 swine flu deaths worldwide since April, the World Health Organization said Dec. 18. Read More »

CDC Flu Wrap

The Centers for Disease Control has reported only nine cases of flu-related pediatric mortality across seven states during the week ending December 12. This the lowest number reported by the CDC so far this quarter. Read More »

Former CDC director named president of Merck Vaccines


Study suggests 1 H1N1 shot may protect kids; CDC disagrees

Can young children get by with just one dose of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine? Read More »

Mumps outbreak hits N.Y. Jewish community

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Sanofi-aventis to acquire Chattem, broaden consumer health care bas

Sanofi-aventis and Chattem Inc. announced Dec. 21 that they have entered into an agreement under which sanofi-aventis is to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Chattem in a cash tender offer for approximately $1.9 billion. Read More »

Medicago reports positive trial results for its avian flu pandemic vaccine


Swiss plan to donate, sell on swine flu vaccines

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New nasal vaccine blocks parasite transmission to mosquitoes

An experimental nasally administered malaria vaccine prevented parasite transmission from infected mice to mosquitoes and could play an important role in the fight against human malaria, ScienceDaily reported Dec. 20. Read More »

NIH awards institute $18.8 million for major infectious disease study

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Nasal swine flu vaccine recalled over potency

WASHINGTON -- Drugmaker MedImmune is recalling nearly 5 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine because the nasal spray appears to lose strength over time, federal health officials announced Dec. 22. Read More »

Most parents who tried were able to get H1N1 shots for children, poll finds

Boston -- A new poll by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health shows the shortage of H1N1 vaccine for children is easing, according to a press release dated Dec. 22. Read More »

WHO prequalifies 3 Novartis H1N1 flu vaccines for use in developing world

Basel, Switzerland -- Novartis announced Dec. 21 that the World Health Organization has granted prequalification for all three of its influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccines for supply to United Nations agencies. Read More »

Sinovac named among China's top 10 most competitive companies

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. was recently selected by China Business Media as one of China's Top 10 most competitive companies listed overseas for 2009. Read More »

Vical, University of Washington receive patent for herpes simplex DNA vaccine

SAN DIEGO -- Vical Inc. announced Dec. 22 that it and the University of Washington received U.S. Patent No. 7,628,993 covering DNA vaccines for herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Read More »

FDA approves a high dose flu influenza vaccine intended for seniors

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