posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:35 PM
Here we go guys. They finally have it for us. Now please make an orderly queue, no fighting, there's enough for everyone!
DEERFIELD, Ill., August 5, 2009 — Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) today announced that it completed production of its first commercial
batches of CELVAPAN A/H1N1 pandemic vaccine in late July and is discussing plans for distribution with national health authorities, subject to
obtaining appropriate authorizations. CELVAPAN, the brand name for the company's A/H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccine, is made using Baxter's
proprietary Vero cell culture technology.
Baxter plans to deliver initial quantities of CELVAPAN to national public health authorities that have pandemic agreements with the company. These
health authorities placed orders for the vaccine following the World Health Organization's (WHO) elevation of the pandemic alert level to phase 6 and
declaration of a pandemic.
The press release is well worth a read. But here's a little more that is mighty interesting:
Mock-up licensure is a regulatory pathway for pandemic vaccines that was created by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) in 2004. This pathway
allows for the development, evaluation and testing of a company's vaccine production capabilities using an available influenza strain that has the
potential to cause a pandemic. Once a pandemic is declared and the influenza virus strain causing the pandemic is identified, the mock-up licensure
allows for fast track approval of a pandemic vaccine containing the actual pandemic strain. Other countries may choose to evaluate the company's
EMEA submission and use that information as the basis for their national health authority's authorization for use of the vaccine.
So this has been rushed through, granted using existing technologies and methods that are in place to produce vaccines for seasonal flu. But I still
will not be getting one of these shots.
And if it does go wrong:
Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers
ATLANTA — The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they
suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off.
Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of
Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said Friday.
Since the 1980s, the government has protected vaccine makers against lawsuits over the use of childhood vaccines. Instead, a federal court handles
claims and decides who will be paid from a special fund.
How cool is that for Baxter, we've rushed through a vaccine and guess what? If it has deadly side affects we're covered by the government, man these
guys are good!
So get in line, form an orderly queue, there's enough for everyone, don't panic.
[edit on 5-8-2009 by kiwifoot]