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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 26th Jul 2017

News Highlights
Call for public investment to reverse Europe’s rising tide of vaccine scepticism Experts decry record-breaking scepticism towards vaccines across the EU and plead with member states to monitor attitudes and work to build public confidence
H1N1 virus infects 13 in Myanmar, suspected of killing one Myanmar called for calm on Monday after 13 people were confirmed to have contracted H1N1 influenza and a boy had died with flu-like symptoms, raising fears of a new outbreak of the virus
Advancing toward a universal flu vaccine: BiondVax reports positive phase 2 With financial backing from the Israeli government and the European Investment Bank, BiondVax is pushing forward in its quest for a universal flu vaccine; its candidate showed positive T-cell and antibody responses in a phase 2b trial
Influenza virus mutations prevented during vaccine production Researchers have discovered how to keep the human influenza virus from mutating during egg-based production, and hence create a more effective flu vaccine
Delhi`s war with dengue, chikungunya is far from over, but another one with swine flu has already begun Even as Delhi is struggling to cope with the challenge of vector borne diseases, swine flu makes a come-back with the number of infected patients fast increasing in the city hospitals
Summer flu outbreak hits Hong Kong, killing more than 200 people since May Public hospitals in Hong Kong are struggling with an unusually long flu outbreak that has killed more than 200 people since May. Views on whether the flu virus in the current outbreak is mutating are divided
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Pandemic Influenza News
H1N1 virus infects 13 in Myanmar, suspected of killing one
Myanmar called for calm on Monday after 13 people were confirmed to have contracted H1N1 influenza and a boy had died with flu-like symptoms, raising fears of a new outbreak of the virus
Health Ministry warns of bird flu
Cambodian Ministry of Health warned people to be aware of the new avian influenza strain H7N9, which has spread to poultry in China and neighbouring countries
Myanmar reports outbreak of H5N1 bird flu on poultry farm: OIE
Myanmar has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu on a farm in the southern Tanintharyi Region, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said
H5N6 avian flu outbreak in Taiwan ends
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has officially confirmed that the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6 virus -- which can be transmitted from birds to humans -- in Taiwan has ended
Advancing toward a universal flu vaccine: BiondVax reports positive phase 2
With financial backing from the Israeli government and the European Investment Bank, BiondVax is pushing forward in its quest for a universal flu vaccine; its candidate showed positive T-cell and antibody responses in a phase 2b trial
Industry News
Advancing toward a universal flu vaccine: BiondVax reports positive phase 2
With financial backing from the Israeli government and the European Investment Bank, BiondVax is pushing forward in its quest for a universal flu vaccine; its candidate showed positive T-cell and antibody responses in a phase 2b trial
Novavax Announces Positive Topline Data from Phase 2 Older Adult Trial and Provides Path Forward for RSV F Vaccine Programs
Novavax announced positive topline data from its Phase 2 safety and immunogenicity trial of the RSV F Vaccine in older adults, new preclinical data on its RSV F Vaccine construct, additional findings from the prior Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials in older adults (E201 and E301), and an operational update on the Phase 3 clinical trial of the RSV F Vaccine for infants via maternal immunization, known as Prepare™
Sanofi / GSK supplies flu vaccine for all seasons
Sanofi and GSK, the world`s leading influenza vaccine suppliers, have launched a flu vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season. Shares of both companies said Sanofi sold 70 million doses and GSK 40 million doses.
The first flu vaccinations for the 2017-18 season are sent
GSK has begun sending trivalent flu vaccines to healthcare professionals in Puerto Rico and the U.S. for the 2017-2018 season
Shionogi Announces Positive Top
Shionogi has announced that S-033188, a novel cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor targeting influenza, demonstrated superiority to placebo in a global Phase 3 study in otherwise healthy patients
Alembic Pharma gets USFDA nod for anti-influenza drug
Drug firm Alembic Pharmaceuticals has received US health regulator`s nod for Amantadine Hydrochloride capsules used to treat symptoms of infection caused by influenza virus
DNA Fab Keeps Getting More Fab
Gene-synthesis technologies provided crucial assistance when the JCVI, SGI, and Novartis collaborated to accelerate the generation of synthetic flu vaccines: “we teamed up and showed that we can synthesize influenza viruses for vaccine production using DNA synthesis in less than a week,” asserted a spokesperson
Academic studies
Influenza virus mutations prevented during vaccine production
Researchers have discovered how to keep the human influenza virus from mutating during egg-based production, and hence create a more effective flu vaccine
Getting a flu ‘shot’ could become as easy as sticking on a bandage
Researchers have finished the first test of an easy, nearly painless alternative to the flu shot: a skin patch studded with tiny needles that dissolve in the skin, delivering a dose of flu vaccine
Influenza Vaccine Linked To Less Hospitalizations Among Elderly
A recent clinical trial tested whether a flu vaccine with four times the antigen of a standard vaccine could reduce the risk of hospitalization among seniors. The results, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, reports that it did so significantly
Pediatric influenza news
How to Avoid Dangerous Allergic Reactions at School
Schools pose special risks to children with asthma; returning to school increases exposure to germs that can cause colds or the flu, and that can increase the risk of having an asthma attack, so it’s important for children with asthma to get the flu vaccine
SXU Health Center offers immunizations for 2017 – 2018 school year
In Chicago, parents are reminded that "Receiving all recommended immunizations is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your children against diseases such as measles, whopping cough and influenza"
Over 65’s influenza news
Is releasing Tamiflu a justified move to control flu outbreak?
The flu outbreak in Hong Kong this summer has so far caused more than 200 deaths, and two specialists give recommendations on how to deal with it, including giving Tamiflu to older people
General Influenza News
G25 produces video to allay vaccination fears
The G25 group of prominent Malays has launched videos to engage anti-vaccination groups following concerns that some parents are not having their children vaccinated
Call for public investment to reverse Europe’s rising tide of vaccine scepticism
Experts decry record-breaking scepticism towards vaccines across the EU and plead with member states to monitor attitudes and work to build public confidence
Faster testing a `game-changer`: Alchin
In Australia, Orange Health Service has been chosen as one of 23 hospitals in the state to receive faster flu tests. The advanced technology cuts the waiting time on diagnosis for influenza types A and B from four days to a little as one hour
Lack of vaccination protection in adults
Increasing ‘vaccination fatigue’ leads to rising infection rates of preventable diseases and potentially serious health problems
Italy`s top court rules out autism link in vaccine case
Italy’s top court has ruled against a claim for damages from a father who argued his son’s autism was caused by the polio vaccine, Sabin
Maharashtra spent Rs 1.5 crores for treatment of 76 critically ill swine flu patients in 2 years
In Maharashtra, over the last two years, the state government has spent Rs 1.5 crore to reimburse the medical bills of 76 patients who were critically ill with H1N1 virus
Five-year-old son of PGI doctor latest swine flu case in city
In Chandigarh, India, the five-year-old son of a doctor working with the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research has become the latest positive case of swine flu, bringing the total to seven in the city
Swine flu sweeping across India
Even though several steps have been taken across the world to deal with the growing epidemic of Swine Flu, medical practitioners are struggling in some places as new strains of this disease that can turn fatal have developed
Dubbo Hospital part of largest rapid flu testing program in Southern Hemisphere
In Australia, new technology at Dubbo Hospital will diagnose influenza A and B within four hours, preventing unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics and allowing certain patients to benefit from antiviral medication
Make yourself at home in the immunization neighbourhood
The American Pharmacists Association CEO writes on the importance of pharmacists with regard to public health in general and flu vaccination in particular as “an estimated one in four adults who received a seasonal influenza vaccination last year were vaccinated in a community pharmacy setting”
Burden of disease
H1N1 flu outbreak kills 2 more in Myanmar
Myanmar health officials said that two more people had died after contracting H1N1 influenza in Yangon, a day after the government said more than a dozen people had contracted the virus
Summer flu outbreak hits Hong Kong, killing more than 200 people since May
Public hospitals in Hong Kong are struggling with an unusually long flu outbreak that has killed more than 200 people since May. Views on whether the flu virus in the current outbreak is mutating are divided
Delhi`s war with dengue, chikungunya is far from over, but another one with swine flu has already begun
Even as Delhi is struggling to cope with the challenge of vector borne diseases, swine flu makes a come-back with the number of infected patients fast increasing in the city hospitals