Simeon Bennett

July 22, 2009

CSL, the only maker of flu vaccines in the southern hemisphere, plans to start testing its experimental swine flu vaccine today in Adelaide.

CSL will test the shot in 240 people, aged 18 to 64, over the next seven weeks in preparation for filling orders from Australia, the US and Singapore.

The World Health Organisation and CSL’s larger rivals, including Sanofi-Aventis, will be watching the test to determine how much antigen – the key substance in vaccines – is needed to prevent people from getting infected. The results will help makers to determine how many shots can be produced and how many people vaccinated.

“The world will be watching to see the immunogenicity results of this first clinical trial,” Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO’s initiative for vaccine research, said.

“It is likely to be indicative of how the other vaccine candidates will perform.”

There was no commercial advantage to being the first maker to start human trials because most manufacturers already have orders to supply vaccines to governments, said David Low, a health-care analyst at Deutsche Bank in Sydney. “Being first is probably more of a PR coup,” he said.



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Caroline Islands
•  12 more cases of H1N1 in Palau (Link)

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Costa Rica
•  A(H1N1) deaths climb to 12 (Link)
•  Five Hospital Doctors in Costa Rica With AH1N1 (Link)

•  Swine flu virus hits Royal Ballet on Cuba visit (Link)

•  Total of H1N1 deaths reaches 8 (Link)

Fiji Islands
•  Fiji 4th in flu reports in Pacific (Link)

•  First domestic H1N1 cases: 4 new cases of Swine Flu – 15 altogether (Link)

•  Pune school closes for week as H1N1 flu attacks more students (Link)

•  H1N1 continues to spread (translated) (Link)

•  Swine flu suspected at student conference (Link)

•  School System sets up emergency task force to fight H1N1 (Link)

Netherlands Antilles
•  New confirmed H1N1 cases for St. Maarten (Link)

New Zealand
•  Child dies from swine flu (Link)

•  Panama reports first death of A/H1N1 flu (Link)

•  Jail suspends visits to contain flu (Link)

•  Romania Press Review – July 21 (Link)

•  Swine flu spreads in Russia (Link)

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South Korea
•  South Korea increases swine flu warning level (Link)

•  Son dies 2 weeks after mother (Link)

•  Geneva – Flu death toll at 700, school closures an option-WHO (Link)

•  Taiwanese: New weapon in H1N1 flu fight (Link)
•  Taiwan unveils flu control chemical (Link)

•  Short-term retail impact expected (Link)

United Kingdom
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•  Cayman Islands — Death investigated for swine flu (Link)
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•  Scotland: UK’s 30th death (Link)
•  Swine flu girl died of septic shock (Link)
•  CMO speaks on pregnant women and school closures (Link)

United States
•  NH to be ready to fight flu (Link)
•  CA: Marin’s second swine flu death is 55-year-old San Rafael man (Link)
•  MN: Camp for HIV-Positive Children Closes Because of H1N1 (Link)
•  CA: Agencies to set up mass swine flu vaccinations (Link)
•  GA: Midstate’s 4th documented case of swine flu (Link)
•  NC: Concern Over Possible Swine Flu At Boys & Girls Club (Link)
•  Puerto Rico reports 7th swine flu death (Link
•  Guam reports first swine-flu death (Link)
•  FDA approves seasonal flu vaccine (Link)
•  Homeland Security chief U.S. faces an eventful fall  (Link)
•  Safety of Swine Flu Vaccine to Face Tough Scrutiny (Link)
•  FL: Miami-Dade Police Officers Catch H1N1 Flu Virus (Link)
•  FL: Rec center open after swine flu scare  (Link)
•  FL: 4th Case Of H1N1 Reported In Nassau Co  (Link)
•  KS: H1N1 confirmed in Ness County (Link)
•  Iowa Camp Reports H1N1 Case (Link)
•  Swine Flu Claims Another Florida Life (Link)
•  22 New H1N1 Swine Flu Cases in Mississippi (Link)
•  FL: Eighth H1N1 Death In Miami-Dade County (Link)
•  Montana 97 cases July 10, 2009 (Link)
•  CA: Antioch woman with leukemia dies from complications of swine flu (Link)

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•  Swine flu deaths rise in the Americas (Link
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