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"Seqirus Media Monitoring " 9th Aug 2017

News Highlights
Seqirus announced that the accelerated development of cell-based production technology at its facility in North Carolina delivered a four-fold increase in seasonal vaccine production Seqirus announced that the accelerated development of cell-based production technology at its facility in North Carolina delivered a four-fold increase in seasonal vaccine production
Sanofi Begins Shipping Flu Vaccines Sanofi Pasteur in Monroe County supplies half of America's flu vaccines. The company has recently started shipping its massive amount of doses for the year
Surgeries postponed as hospitals struggle to cope More than 700 Aucklanders had their elective surgeries postponed in just four weeks as hospitals struggle to cope with more patients flooding through their emergency departments, mainly because of a spike in the number of severe cases of the flu
Mandalay officials encourage residents to eat eggs and chicken In Myanmar, Mandalay officials held a public meeting to talk about the H1N1 virus and explain that it has nothing to do with eating eggs and chicken. As the H5N1 virus was also detected in Dawei, people thought they should avoid eating these foods
Influenza vaccine is less protective for frail elders Influenza vaccine is effective in older adults who are not frail but is less protective in those who are frail, according to a new study
Hong Kong’s Dept. of Health Reports Flu Epidemic Claims 320 Lives The flu epidemic in Hong Kong has already killed more than 320 people this summer. Most of those victims were people aged 65 and older
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Seqirus announced that the accelerated development of cell-based production technology at its facility in North Carolina delivered a four-fold increase in seasonal vaccine production
Seqirus announced that the accelerated development of cell-based production technology at its facility in North Carolina delivered a four-fold increase in seasonal vaccine production
Pandemic Influenza News

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Industry News
Frontier IP takes a fifth of new vaccine development firm
Frontier IP has received a 21% equity stake in the Vaccine Group, which aims to commercialise novel vaccine platforms for the development of vaccines for use in infection control and for a rapid response to pathogens such as avian influenza A as well as others
Agra Medical College runs out of preventive vaccines for H1N1
In India, Agra Medical College has run out of H1N1 vaccines and N-95 masks, as 40 vaccines recently received have all been used already
Novavax Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Stanley C. Erck, President and CEO of Novavax, said the company was excited by the recent preclinical results of the nanoparticle influenza vaccine and looks forward to Phase 1/2 clinical data in the fourth quarter
FDA names Procold, Zentel, others as unregistered drugs
In Ghana, the FDA has named a number of drugs illegally shipped into the country as unregistered drugs, including flu medication
Novavax Reaching Critical Mass?
Novavax’ lead candidate RSV vaccine is in Phase 3 studies for infants with early data review near end 2017 and interim results in 2018; its preclinical programs include candidate development for seasonal influenza, among others
Very few chemists possess licence to sell flu medicines
Procuring Oseltamivir and Zanamivir has become difficult in Mumbai, with only a clutch of chemists possessing the requisite license to store and sell them, according to a swine flu patient
Sanofi Begins Shipping Flu Vaccines
Sanofi Pasteur in Monroe County supplies half of America's flu vaccines. The company has recently started shipping its massive amount of doses for the year
Japan tells Pfizer, Bayer, Daichi and others to expand drug warnings
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan told Daiichi Sankyo to add the risk of bronchospasm and dyspnea to its flu treatment Inavir
Academic studies

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Pediatric influenza news
Financing of vaccine delivery in primary care practices
The increased risk of uncompensated costs related to vaccines in primary care practices underscores the necessity to implement strategies that can help keep vaccination costs to a minimum
Some GPs provide incorrect flu vax advice
Australian parents are being urged to get babies over six-months old vaccinated against flu amid reports some GPs are wrongly saying it is not needed
Over 65’s influenza news
Influenza vaccine is less protective for frail elders
Influenza vaccine is effective in older adults who are not frail but is less protective in those who are frail, according to a new study
Hong Kong’s Dept. of Health Reports Flu Epidemic Claims 320 Lives
The flu epidemic in Hong Kong has already killed more than 320 people this summer. Most of those victims were people aged 65 and older
Flu vaccine uptake on the rise for the elderly and the ‘at risk’
In Wales, more than 68 per cent of Gwent people aged 65 and over were vaccinated against flu during the 2016/17 season, reversing a decline in uptake in the age group
General Influenza News
Swine flu panic: Precautionary measures
In Nepal, doctors and the general public are not yet well aware of the benefits of using vaccination against swine flu: the government must first determine the flu seasons in Nepal, and then recommend an immunization schedule
Child flu cases show alarming rise amid incorrect vaccination advice from GPs
In Australia, poor information about flu vaccination for children has contributed to the more severe flu season, according to Dr Margie Danchin, a flu expert, who said doctors giving incorrect advice was a huge problem
Anti-vaccination advocate 'banned from Australia' after documentary tour
The producer behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years, she claims
No protests against Vaxxed screening on Auckland's North Shore
Controversial anti-vaccination film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe screened in Devonport, Auckland, on Monday without incident. The film has been widely discredited, and labelled anti-vaccination propaganda
All community pharmacy staff should get the flu vaccine, RPS says
In the UK, all community pharmacy staff should receive the influenza vaccine as part of a move to increase uptake of the vaccine more widely, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said
Tiff between AIIMS and state health department over number of swine flu deaths in Delhi
A lack of coordination between different agencies in Delhi became apparent in a meeting with the Health Minister over preparedness to face H1N1, as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Health department of the Delhi government argued over the number of deaths due to swine flu in Delhi
No respite from swine flu, death toll now 21
In Nagpur, India, swine flu continues to pose a threat, with 21 deaths so far this year, which is of concern as most cases should be during winter which is a few months away
Governor of Veneto Region Luca Zaia protests at grotesque coercion of forcing families to have 12 vaccinations before kids can attend school
Veneto region governor criticises the Italian vaccine decree which according to him contradicts the precautionary principle and coerces families into too many vaccines
Immunization plans are criticized for omitting important vaccines such as those for seasonal flu
In Venezuela, an immunisation plan for children and adults has been criticised for excluding various important vaccines, such as seasonal influenza
Venezuela inició su plan de vacunación pero faltan dosis de las más necesarias
Clandestine vaccination centres attacked as unsafe
In Venezuela, clandestine vaccination centres are a risk to the population as they offer unsafe shots, and the Health director of Lara state has warned people off them
There may be fewer cases of flu but the advice to get yourself vaccinated still stands
In Salta province, Argentina, there are less cases of flu infection than last year, but people are still being advised to get immunised
Get your shots, say doctors as swine flu number touches 15 in August
In Hyderabad, India, 15 cases of swine flu have been reported between August 1 and August 5 and doctors want the government to ask immune-compromised individuals to undergo vaccination
Avian flu variety H5N8 (highly pathogenic) found in wild birds in the UK
In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has notified the OIE of the presence of A(H5N8) in a wild bird found dead in North Norfolk
Only 35% of Guatemalan children under two have completed all their vaccination shots
In Guatemala, even though more children under two years old are being immunised, there are still pockets where many miss out. Only 35% of under twos completed all their shots
Some HK reports on flu called misleading
Concern has risen in Hong Kong over the outbreak of seasonal influenza, but officials said that reports comparing it to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003 are misleading
Swine flu outbreak in many states, health ministry advises vaccination
With swine flu killing 736 people across India and infecting over 15,121, the Union health ministry has advised vaccination for vulnerable people
H1N1 virus toll explodes to 384, was 25 last year
There has been a steep hike in the number of deaths caused by the H1N1 virus in Maharashtra in comparison to last year: 384 deaths since January, compared to 25 reported in 2016
Myawady residents beat path to Mae Sot amid swine flu vaccine shortage
More than 100 Myawady, Myanmar, residents are crossing the Thai border each day to get vaccinations against H1N1; meanwhile a batch of 150 shots of vaccine from the international hospital in Mae Sot was delivered to Myawady to protect education and health department staff
Flu pandemic in Hong Kong, 320 dead
The flu epidemic in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has caused over 320 deaths, according to the Center for Health Protection under the Department of Health in Hong Kong
5 precautions you must take to avoid Swine Flu
As swine flu spreads across India, people are reminded of all the basic precautions they should take to avoid becoming infected, and what to do if they catch the virus
Burden of disease
Swine Flu Cases Spike In Mumbai
There were just three reported cases of swine flu last year but there have been 835 cases and 16 deaths in Mumbai this year till July. Maharashtra has recorded 284 deaths and 2,324 cases till the first week of July, which is almost 50 per cent of the 600 deaths across the country
Hong Kong Hospital Authority is right to back Chinese medicine as flu treatment
The flu outbreak has caused considerable stress on the health care system, and in response to this the Hospital Authority recommended Chinese medicine as one of the service options
Mandalay officials encourage residents to eat eggs and chicken
In Myanmar, Mandalay officials held a public meeting to talk about the H1N1 virus and explain that it has nothing to do with eating eggs and chicken. As the H5N1 virus was also detected in Dawei, people thought they should avoid eating these foods
Surgeries postponed as hospitals struggle to cope
More than 700 Aucklanders had their elective surgeries postponed in just four weeks as hospitals struggle to cope with more patients flooding through their emergency departments, mainly because of a spike in the number of severe cases of the flu
Avian flu hammering adds to poultry sector's woes
‘Obsessive and stringent’ biosecurity measures, including massive culling across SA and Zimbabwe, have failed to halt the H5N8 avian flu virus
Southern Africa: Zim, SA Lose 1m Chickens to Bird Flu