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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it has approved a new manufacturing facility used to produce influenza virus vaccines. The facility is approved for seasonal influenza vaccine production and could be used for the production of vaccine against the new 2009 H1N1 influenza strain.
As part of its overall pandemic influenza preparedness efforts, the FDA meets with vaccine manufacturers to guide the efficient establishment of influenza vaccine facilities that comply with agency requirements. The agency promptly reviews applications and manufacturing supplements that could increase both the number of manufacturers and the overall supply of vaccine.
The facility, located in the United States, is owned and operated by sanofi pasteur, which manufactures Fluzone Influenza Virus Vaccine. This new facility will greatly increase sanofi pasteur’s production capability.
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Military Continues to Monitor H1N1 Flu Virus’s Path
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2009 – The U.S. military has prepared for years to confront a public health challenge like the H1N1 influenza virus, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
“We have been preparing for a situation like this for more than five years and have plans, processes and procedures to respond to a pandemic incident,” said Dr. Michael E. Kilpatrick, the Military Health System’s director of strategic communications.
“We are confident that established protocols and treatments will be effective in treating this flu, which currently is no more serious that seasonal flu,” Kilpatrick said.
Meanwhile, Kilpatrick said, Defense Department officials are closely monitoring the path of the H1N1 flu virus.
Yesterday, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center reported a total of 24 confirmed H1N1 cases in the U.S. military, including 13 military family members, 10 active-duty servicemembers and one Marine recruit. The cases occurred in Texas and California.
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WHO says H1N1 pigs must be kept out of food supply
* WHO expert says flu viruses can survive freezing
* Blood of H1N1 infected pigs may also contain virus
* Meat from sick pigs or pigs found dead must not be eaten
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SWINE FLU - PANDEMIC OR A BETA TEST
Unless you are from Mars or live in a cave, you probably know that there is an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico. As of today (April 29th), there have been over 100 deaths in Mexico from a new flu strain. It’s actually not swine flu, since the virus has not been isolated in pigs. It would be more logical to call the virus “North American Flu” based on its geographic origin. But for the sake of clarity, I’ll refer to the virus as “swine flu” in this article.
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
Developing countries should share first batches of swine flu vaccine: WHO
Indonesia, the country hardest hit by H5N1, has for several years withheld virus samples from the WHO, its influenza laboratories and vaccine manufacturers, using them as a lever to try to gain access to affordable vaccine for its citizens.
Those talks all related to the H5N1 virus and perhaps did not envisage a pandemic strain first being spotted in the United States. (The first sample virus of this new H1N1 swine variant was isolated from a patient in California.)
But recent comments made by Chan, Kieny and other WHO officials have signalled the agency will use its bully pulpit to try to get pharmaceutical companies to provide vaccine and antiviral drugs to developing countries - either through donation, at cut-rate costs
or purchased with the help of funding from wealthier countries or charities.