February 23 Flu UpdateFDA experts are going to pass muster on the Sanofi Aventis flu virus.
Sanofi and other drugmakers are developing quicker ways to produce vaccines in DNA cultures. Seasonal flu vaccines, as well as bird flu vaccines, could be produced through this more advanced method.
Meanwhile, the EU has backed the vaccine from Novartis.
Afghanistan has confimed high path H5N1.
ProMed on Afghanistan.
Pakistan has bird flu outbreaks in two provinces.
CIDRAP on Afghanistan, Russia and the Eu.
The Philippines has moved its flu program into a new province.
Russian government vets say that bird flu is likely to keep reoccurring there.
Yemen says it is bird flu free.
Kazakhstan is preparing for the bird flu.
"The government has adopted a programme for the prevention of the spread of avian flu in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2007-2008, and a plan of operational measures to combat avian flu," Anatoliy Belonog, Kazakhstan's chief epidemiological official and deputy health minister, told IRIN from the capital, Astana.Kazakhstan has set up special laboratories to diagnose avian flu and bought antiviral drugs to deal with a possible outbreak among humans. Bird flu could affect up to one million out of a population of 15 million.
Here, Anthony Fauci interviews on why the flu is still a threat.
Top North American foreign officials, include flu in discussions.
You may recall that Hungary has a flu vaccine that was tested in human clincial trials. WHO is using that data for purposes of comparison in new flu programs.
The US is providing flu assistance to Egypt.
From Midland, MI, the question is asked: if a pandemic hits, will we be ready?
"One of the things we fear is people panicking, so one of the things we can do is make them aware," said Bob Higgins of the Michigan Department of Education.
CIDRAP on the APHA plan covered here yesterday.