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 â€“ one that offers protection against the seasonal flu, the other protecting against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus â€“ to the public this fall (Knox, 7/20).…
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“The first clinical trial of an HIV/AIDS vaccine designed and developed in South Africa was launched in Cape Town” Monday, the SAPA/The Times reports.
“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.
Study Finds Widespread Use Of Rotavirus Vaccine Can Protect Unvaccinated, Increase Age Of First Infection
New vaccines against rotavirus, “the leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants,” can prevent or lessen the severity of an epidemic, protect unvaccinated children and increase the age of first infection, lessening the severity of the disease, according to a study published in the journal Science, Bloomberg reports.
The health ministers of six South American countries gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday to “coordinate defenses against” the H1N1 (swine flu) virus which has killed nearly 200 people in the region,” the AFP/Google.com reports.
According a Toronto Star column, it is an “enormous challenge” for India’s government to try to get all of its citizens immunized against polio.
“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…
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.
The WHO announced Thursday it had approved a second cervical cancer vaccine, opening “U.N. agencies and partners [to] now officially buy millions of doses of the vaccine for poor countries worldwide,” where an estimated 80 percent of the 280,000 annual deaths from cervical cancer occur each year, the AP/Google.com reports.