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Countries Ramp Up H1N1 Preparedness

The following articles look at how countries are combating H1N1 (swine flu): NPR’s Morning Edition examines the “complicated” task ahead to administer two vaccines – one that offers protection against the seasonal flu, the other protecting against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus – to the public this fall (Knox, 7/20).…

WHO Stops Tracking H1N1 Cases

“In a move that caught many public health experts by surprise, the WHO quietly announced Thursday that it would stop tracking swine flu cases and deaths around the world,” the New York Times reports.

WHO Recommends Vaccine Makers Move Forward In Mass Production Of H1N1 Vaccine

“Saying the new H1N1 [swine flu] virus is ‘unstoppable’, the WHO gave drug makers a full go-ahead to manufacture vaccines against the pandemic influenza strain on Monday and said healthcare workers should be the first to get one,” Reuters reports (Fox, 7/14). This, as “Britain, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines…

U.S. To Commit Additional $1B To H1N1 Vaccine Development

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday the U.S. has agreed to put an addition $1 billion towards ingredients for the production of a vaccine that offers protection against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, Reuters reports.

U.S. Moves Forward With Preparations For H1N1 Vaccination Campaign

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.

WHO To Recommend Countries Stop Testing For H1N1

Within the next few days, the WHO “will recommend that countries stop trying to test all suspected cases of swine flu, said Keiji Fukuda, the agency’s assistant director-general of health security and environment,” Tuesday during a conference call with reporters, Bloomberg reports.

International Health Experts Hold Two-Day H1N1 Meeting

WHO leaders and international health ministers met Thursday for a two-day meeting in Cancun, Mexico, to share the lessons learned from the spread of H1N1 (swine flu) (Xinhua, 7/3) and strategies for “battling the pandemic,” the AP/Washington Post reports.