June 16 Flu UpdateAustralia claims to have developed a bird flu vaccine that will work against all strains, based on media reports.
The vaccine can be adjusted in a similar way that flu vaccines are changed throughout the year to combat new strains.
"I am very proud to be Health Minister in a country where we have this ingenuity on our shores," she said.
The vaccine can only be used once a pandemic is officially declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) but can be manufactured within weeks once a new strain is identified.
China is reporting an outbreak in a southern province among birds.
A man who cleans poultry markets in Hong Kong has the flu but Hong Kong says it is not H5N1.
Report by Canadian economists calls risk of pandemic flu in next five years "not trivial" urges companies to insure against the risk.
Novartis withdrew its pre-pandemic vaccine from regulatory consideration in the EU, saying it could not supply required data in the timeframe required.
"The impact of a pandemic on employee absenteeism and its associated effects on lost revenues and incomes are also likely to be very significant," it concludes. "Firms cannot afford to ignore such risks for competitive, as well as legal and fiduciary reasons."
That's even more the case if their competitors are preparing themselves, the author of the study said.
New Jersey is using the summer to prepare its pandemic flu plan.
The American Journal of Public Health writes about how hard-to-reach populations will be vaccinated for bird flu.
A story in Vietnam about scientists both domestic and foreign working together on bird flu.
CIDRAP has the story about Sanofi's donation to WHO. Includes links to press release, etc.