About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

US to Spend $1 Billion on Swine Flu Vaccine

by VR Sreeraman on July 13, 2009 at 4:48 PM
Font : A-A+

 US to Spend $1 Billion on Swine Flu Vaccine

The United States will commit one billion dollars toward the purchase of ingredients for a swine flu vaccine, Washington's top health official said Sunday as US deaths from the virus continued to mount.

"There will be another one billion dollars worth of orders placed to get the bulk ingredients for an H1N1 vaccination," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN television Sunday, adding that the final vaccine likely will be ready by October.

Advertisement

"Congress has agreed with the president that this is the number one priority, keeping Americans safe and secure," she said, adding that US scientist are working "to get the shots in folks' arms."

Her remarks came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 211 US deaths from the A(H1N1) virus, with some 37,000 cases confirmed - the highest level of death and infection of any country in the world.
Advertisement

Officials have warned that the virus could return with a vengeance in the the coming months. The virus, already deemed at pandemic levels by global health experts, is in more than 100 countries and is continuing to spread.

Last week, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said clinical trials on a first candidate vaccine were expected to begin in August.

The tests would take "a couple of months" to determine whether the vaccine is safe and effective and what the appropriated dosage would be, Fauci said at a medical conference.

Source: AFP
SRM
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Organ Donation Week 2022 - 'Take the Pledge to Save Lives'
Test your Knowledge on Heart Transplantation
Test Your Knowledge on Lung Transplantation
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Flu Swine Flu Health Risks of Eating Pork 

Most Popular on Medindia

Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Selfie Addiction Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart The Essence of Yoga Blood Pressure Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Drug - Food Interactions Sanatogen
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use