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CDC Addresses Flu Vaccine Shortage

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Did you get your flu shot this year? With 48 states reporting widespread influenza activity, flu season has come on fast and strong. As of the second week in January, according to data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29 children have died and 5,249 Americans have been hospitalized for flu-associated conditions. What’s been most worrisome, GEN’s Alex Philippidis writes, is that there have been spot shortages of the vaccine despite manufacturers producing 145 Read More >

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Implementing the WHO PIP Framework – Industry’s Role & Outlook

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In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework after nearly five years of contentious negotiations. As noted by Anne Huvos, WHO Secretariat, the two objectives of the PIP Framework are: (1) to improve sharing of influenza viruses with human pandemic potential; and (2) to achieve more predictable, efficient, and equitable access to benefits, such as vaccines and antiviral medicines, during future pandemics. The subject of a session at Read More >

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“Contagion” Portrays Our Vulnerability to a Global Pandemic

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Earlier this month, the movie Contagion opened in theaters. With a star-studded cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this action-thriller about the spread of a deadly virus is sure to attract a large audience. While Hollywood has been known to alter or exaggerate the facts to enhance the storyline, it is reported that Steven Soderbergh and his team aimed to realistically portray a pandemic. As Matt Damon stated in an IMDb interview, Read More >

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