November 8 Flu UpdateThe WHO Director-General election is over. Hong Kong flu expert Margaret Chan will held the organization.
Effect Measure comments on the choice of Dr. Chan.
The WHO has urged Chinese Scientists and non-Chinese scientists to stop squabbling, share data and work together.
Nick Zamiska of the Wall Street Journal also has this story--from the context that the rift shows the difficult road China has in doing this work in a single-party state.
WHO reminds its readers that it will be importantly to continually monitor poultry vaccines to check for mutations.
GSK is projecting that a couple "important" countries will order large quantities of pre-pandemic vaccine.
Recently, we blogged that the Chinese had identified a part of the flu virus that made it virulent. Effect Measure chimes in about the potential importance of the research.
Still, this is very interesting and elegant work. It directs our attention to NS1 and its ability to inhibit interferon production as a characteristic sufficient to turn an avirulent virus into a virulent one. It is like a big sign in the ground that has the letters, Dig Here, written on it.
Imogene has received an R&D grant to develop "technology that enables identification of naturally infected and vaccinated birds."
India is lowering its expected poultry exports due to the flu.
India is looking at developing poultry health standards to protect against its poultry stock from bird flu.
A national influenza drill is being held in New Zealand today.
Scott County, VA officials say they are ready in the event of an influenza pandemic.
Here's another positive vaccine press release from a pharmco.