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Flu pandemic, bleak or bright future?

November 3, 2009

The U.S. government is facing a no win situation with the fight against the H1N1 virus.   At first, the government was criticized for rushing out an untested swine flu vaccine.   Now, the government can’t get it out fast enough!

The U.S. government has had health officials planning for a flu pandemic since 2003, when the H5N1 avian influenza returned in Asia.

As the government continue to prepare to fight the H1N1 pandemic, the battle moves from scientific and logistic to a political one.  Although the battle is far from over on the scientific side of things, the media has begun giving praise to the Obama administration for there quick response to the situation.  Companies formulated a vaccine in a record five months. Antivirals and other supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile were pushed out.

Even better news, we may be looking at an even brighter future. Vaccine firms are now saying they are on track to meet there initial estimates of H1N1 orders.

A major problem with the H1N1 vaccines was that a lot of companies were, and are, struggling with low H1N1 yields.  GlaxoSmithKline Plc Chief Executive Andrew Witty had this to say on Wednesday,   his company initially experienced problems, but yields were now improving and he predicted the final yield would be “pretty good” compared with historic flu strains.

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