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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 8th Aug 2017

News Highlights
Seqirus Announces Major Advances in Pandemic Preparedness Seqirus announced that the accelerated development of cell-based manufacturing technology at its facility in North Carolina has delivered a four-fold increase in seasonal influenza vaccine output in just two years, strengthening the United States’ capacity to respond to pandemic threats
Flu vaccine supply in time for the beginning of the flu season Seqirus is making the Afluria vaccine available early on for the 2017/18 flu season, for the ninth year in a row, showing itself to be a reliable supplier
Video—Ryan Riboldi explains role of new Sanofi facility planning 70M flu shots in U.S. As it ramps up flu vaccine production, Sanofi Pasteur has opened a new quality testing facility in Pennsylvania; the company plans to ship 70 million flu shot doses to the U.S. market this year
Seasonal flu death toll in Hong Kong exceeds SARS The number of deaths attributed to seasonal flu in Hong Kong continues to rise, with the disease now responsible for more fatalities than the 2013 SARS outbreak
Kenya: Report Discloses Kenya's Disease Preparedness Kenya is not prepared to handle a pandemic, a World Bank report has revealed; should it experience bird flu or viral pneumonia, the country could lose USD 1.3 billion a year and about Sh3,000 per person
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Seqirus Announces Major Advances in Pandemic Preparedness
Seqirus announced that the accelerated development of cell-based manufacturing technology at its facility in North Carolina has delivered a four-fold increase in seasonal influenza vaccine output in just two years, strengthening the United States’ capacity to respond to pandemic threats
BioCryst Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results
For the six months ended June 30, 2017, BioCryst revenues increased to $12.5 million from $9.6 million in the first half of 2016, primarily thanks to a $4.3 million increase in royalty revenue from Shionogi, Green Cross and Seqirus, and a $2.0 million milestone payment from Seqirus associated with the Canadian regulatory approval of Rapivab
Pandemic Influenza News
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
Three more cases of human infection with A(H7N9) virus in China have been reported; the Chinese government has assessed that it is still likely that sporadic cases will occur in China taking into consideration the previous epidemic situation and risk assessment
Only 6 nations have evaluated readiness for global pandemic
Only six countries around the world — three rich ones and three poor ones — have taken the steps they should have to evaluate their ability to withstand a global pandemic, according to a report sponsored by the World Bank
Industry News
Video—Ryan Riboldi explains role of new Sanofi facility planning 70M flu shots in U.S.
As it ramps up flu vaccine production, Sanofi Pasteur has opened a new quality testing facility in Pennsylvania; the company plans to ship 70 million flu shot doses to the U.S. market this year
Implementation of an electronic vaccination record in BCS (Baja California Sur)
In Mexico, a new scheme aiming to keep a record of all vaccines received throughout one’s life on an electronic chip on a card, using a mobile phone app, is being worked on
Natco Pharma Q1 profit doubles to Rs 97.3 cr led by generic Tamiflu exclusivity in US
Natco Pharma posted a two-fold increase in net profit to Rs.97.3 crore in the first quarter ended June, partly on the back of exclusivity of generic Tamiflu drug in the US market
Academic studies
Despite Weakened Antibody Response, Annual Flu Shot Protects Pregnant Women & Infants
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women receive the flu shot, and now, in a new study, researchers have examined the antibody response to the vaccine in pregnant women and their babies
Influenza vaccine protective in elderly patients
Trivalent influenza vaccine was protective against influenza-related hospitalization among older adults who were not frail, despite common conceptions that vaccine effectiveness is low in older patients, study data showed
How tea, red wine could keep flu at bay
A new study discovered a natural compound that could prevent severe flu infections: the compound, found in tea, berries and red wine is known to hold protective properties and can help fight infections by regulating the immune system
Self-vaccination against influenza seems safe
A study published in The Lancet suggest that self-vaccination against the flu should be possible thanks to microneedles patches
Pediatric influenza news

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Over 65’s influenza news
CHP investigates influenza A outbreak in elderly home in Hung Hom
In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is investigating an influenza A outbreak at a residential care home for the elderly, and reminded the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene against influenza
General Influenza News
Seasonal flu death toll in Hong Kong exceeds SARS
The number of deaths attributed to seasonal flu in Hong Kong continues to rise, with the disease now responsible for more fatalities than the 2013 SARS outbreak
Public school teachers in Ilocos Norte to get free flu vaccine
In the Philippines, with the onset of rainy season, public school teachers both from elementary and secondary schools are advised to have a flu shot
Life lesson from Aamir Khan: if you have the flu, stay home
In India, actor Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao announced they have swine flu and were immediately declared public heroes for skipping a public event to avoid spreading the virus
Obligatory vaccination advice for parents ought to lead to reports to local health authorities if refused
Mandatory immunity counselling for parents who refuse to adhere to vaccination policy – authorities should report any refusal to health authorities
Health dept issues swine flu alert in state
The fear of unseasonal swine flu has gripped the entire state of Uttarakhand in India; people are urged to be cautious
The state government recommends vigilance in its vaccination campaign against flu in Salta
In the Salta province of Argentina, the health authorities are reminding people that various groups must receive a compulsory flu shot, for free
Death toll from H1N1 influenza reaches nine
In Nepal, with the death of a 67-year-old patient, the death toll from pandemic influenza A(H1N1) has reached nine, according to Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Teku
Illawarra Shoalhaven flu cases up by 400 per cent
In Australia, a recent NSW Health report has indicated an earlier than normal start to the flu season, with an above average number of people presenting to emergency departments with flu-like-symptoms and pneumonia
Cardinal Health launches point-of-care testing program at RBC 2017
Cardinal Health launched a program that minimizes the complexities for a retail independent pharmacy to establish a CLIA-waived flu and strep testing service for their patients; 16 states allow pharmacists to test for certain conditions and prescribe Tamiflu for instance if you’ve tested positive for flu
11 Cases of H3N2v Flu Linked With Clinton County Fair in Ohio
The Clinton County Health Commissioner in the U.S. recently confirmed influenza A infections in 11 Ohio residents who had attended the Clinton County Fair in Wilmington, Ohio, and reported exposure to pigs that have tested positive for the virus
CDC invests more than $200 million to help states respond to infectious disease threats
CDC has awarded more than $200 million to help states, cities, counties, and territories prevent, detect, respond to, and control the growing threats posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
Flu epidemic: 400 per cent increase on last year
Peak flu season has hit the lower Hunter in New England early, with a staggering 400 per cent rise in diagnosed cases compared to this time last year
Burden of disease
Kenya: Report Discloses Kenya's Disease Preparedness
Kenya is not prepared to handle a pandemic, a World Bank report has revealed; should it experience bird flu or viral pneumonia, the country could lose USD 1.3 billion a year and about Sh3,000 per person
Volunteer grave diggers, corpse storage: funeral homes asked to prep for pandemics
While Canadian health officials have extensive plans to ensure people survive a future influenza pandemic, they've also made macabre recommendations for the nation's funeral homes for those who don't