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CDC Scientists Develop New Basis for H5N1 Vaccine

By using samples of the H5N1 (avian flu) virus obtained from Egypt, CDC scientists have developed a virus sample critical to the production of a bird flu vaccine, the WHO said Thursday, Reuters reports.

CDC Releases H1N1 Seed Strains To Vaccine Makers

Vaccine makers on Wednesday began receiving H1N1 (swine flu) virus seed strains, a key ingredient for producing an H1N1 vaccine, the Canadian Press/Google.com reports.

Also in Global Health News: Pakistan Polio Vaccine Effort; New GHC President; Tanzania Expanding RDTs; HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial; Thailand HIV Effort

Pakistan Launches Polio Vaccine Effort Pakistani health officials on Wednesday announced a three-day nationwide anti-polio vaccination campaign targeting the children of internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, the  News International  reports. The announcment was made at a UNICEF-sponsored ceremony held at a Peshawar school (Mahmood, News International, 5/28). Altaf Bosan, who leads the expanded immunization program, said that targeting…

Emergency Yellow Fever Vaccine Supplies To Expire by 2010

Recent outbreaks in Africa and Latin America have diminished the supply of yellow fever vaccines, the WHO said on Tuesday. The current emergency supply will run out by 2010, and there is no funding to continue subsequent immunization campaigns, Reuters reports.

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