The Obama administration on Thursday said a nationwide vaccination program could begin as early as mid-October to protect Americans from the H1N1 (swine flu) virus and pledged $350 million to help prepare communities across the country for this effort, the Washington Times reports.
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HHS announced on Monday that manufacturing and packaging issues have reduced by more than half the number of H1N1 vaccine doses that will be available in October when the U.S. vaccination campaign is set to start, Reuters reports.
The WHO on Friday announced the H1N1 (swine) flu virus has killed at least 2,837 people â€“ 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).
A team of health experts on Tuesday called for the U.S. “to lead a global effort to protect people from new outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases that originate in animals, such as swine flu, AIDS and SARS,” Reuters writes.
“Since the last case of naturally occurring smallpox, in 1977, there have been three major international conferences devoted to the concept of disease eradication,” an article in the New England Journal of Medicine reports and includes “[a] brief review of five diseases selected for eradication or elimination [that] illustrate the potential benefits…
“British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member,” the Associated Press reports (2/13). “The new virus, which the WHO refers to as…