Tag Archives: Vaccines

WHO: Pharma interests didn’t influence flu verdict

12 Jun

This piece by the Associated Press is an update of the unfolding story concerning the influence of pharmaceutical companies on World Health Organisation decisions concerning the swine flu. We are several months away from an expert panel report but in the interim speculation runs high and conspiracy theories abound. Whichever way things turn out in […]

Nanovaccine helped mice overcome type 1 diabetes

13 Apr

Type 1 diabetes is caused when certain white blood cells, called T cells, go haywire and begin attacking insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. But not all T cells cause harm, said Dr. Pere Santamaria of the University of Calgary in Alberta, whose study appears in the journal Immunity. “Essentially, there is an internal tug-of-war between […]

WHO admits shortcomings in handling flu pandemic

13 Apr

Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s top influenza expert, said the U.N. agency’s six-phase system for declaring a pandemic had sown confusion about the flu bug which was ultimately not as deadly as the widely-feared avian influenza. “The reality is there is a huge amount of uncertainty (in a pandemic). I think we did not convey the […]

Drugmakers agree landmark vaccines deal for poor

18 Mar

Several drug firms have agreed a landmark deal to supply up to 200 million doses a year of cut-price pneumococcal vaccines to developing nations, according to the global immunisation alliance that is overseeing the deal. Leading manufacturers of such vaccines include GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer. The agreement is the first under a new scheme called an […]

GAVI enters its second decade with massive funding gap

09 Mar

The Lancet, Volume 375, Issue 9717, Page 791, 6 March 2010 As governments pull back on aid commitments, the GAVI Alliance is facing a funding shortfall for the next decade that could hamper the roll-out of new vaccines. Ann Danaiya Usher reports. The GAVI Alliance, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in January, plans a huge […]

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