Sept 3, 2009 (Reuters) Pharmaceutical companies are racing to develop a vaccine against swine flu ahead of a possible spread of the virus in the northern hemisphere autumn and winter. Officials are worried vaccine supplies will prove tight and sales are expected to provide a windfall for the global drugs industry. Here are details of some companies’ progress in making and supplying the vaccine:GLAXOSMITHKLINE




China’s Sinovac Biotech




South Korea



U.S. biotech company Novavax has a new kind of influenza vaccine that works against the swine flu virus in animals.

Follow the link to read a paragraph about each company.

S. Korea buying vaccine from Sinovac

Shares in South Korea’s Boryung Pharm (003850.KS) soared to a 14-month high on Tuesday on news it would acquire supplies of H1N1 flu vaccine from China’s Sinovac (SVA.A), though Sinovac said it had merely agreed that Boryung would be its agent in the South Korean market…


•  Health Ministry confirms 25 new cases of H1N1 in Bulgaria (Link)

•  Flu targets healthy people, aged 15 to 55 (Link)
•  Manitoba: Vaccine plan nears; equipment in place (Link)
•  Feds to fund U of M research project on H1N1 virus (Link)
•  Ontario confirms one death from H1N1, another sick at home  (Link)
•  Saskatchewan province may have lost 5th person to H1N1, teenaged boy (Link)

•  22,830 Cases, More than 300,000 Innoculations (Link)

•  India’s swine flu deaths rise close to 400  (Link)
•  2 more deaths in Gujarat, total now 38, one had lupus (Link)
•  Pune has 5 new confirmed H1N1 positives, 8 critical on ventilators (Link)

South Korea
•  Five die after seasonal flu vaccination (Link)
•  S Korea reports 15th A/H1N1 flu death case (Link)

•  Flu claims 2 more victims  (Link)

•  School closes for one week for H1N1 outbreak (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Wales: Two more women with swine flu die (Link)

United States
•  U.S. could potentially use controversial adjuvants in swine flu vaccine (Link)
•  AL: Cherokee, Ala., man dies from H1N1 (Link)
•  CA: Girl, 5, presumed healthy, dies of swine flu  (Link)
•  CA: 5 yr old girl becomes 24th death in San Diego (Link)
•  CA: Bakersfield hospital sets up triage tents after record #s, 6th life lost there (Link)
•  CO: Colorado now has at least 14 deaths confirmed from H1N1  (Link)
•  CT: Confirmed case of swine flu `within school community’ (Link)
•  FL: Cape Coral resident, 30 yr old female, confirmed H1N1, she had no ‘other conditions’ (Link)
•  ID: Idaho schools have high absentees due to swine flu (Link)
•  IL: Downers Grove South H.S. student hospitalized for H1N1  (Link)
•  IN: Tri-Creek treating flu cases (Link)
•  KS: Woman dies from H1N1  (Link)
•  NC: high incidence of ILI at NC schools  (Link)
•  NC: Lenoir County confirms first H1N1 death  (Link)
•  NE: Nebraska schools and med centers see ‘surge’  (Link)
•  NM officials report 3 swine flu deaths  (Link)
•  NM: 3 new deaths in New Mexico, total now 12, a 25% increase in one week (Link)
•  NY: first death confirmed in upstate Plattsburgh (Link)
•  OK: Casady School will be closed til next week for flu (Link)
•  OR: La Grande/ Union County has first case of H1N1 (Link)
•  PA: Philipsburg-Osceola School District – first confirmed case (Link)
•  SC: Child’s death claimed ‘not’ to be flu or flu vaxx-related  (Link)
•  TX: Many Dallas County doctors won’t get swine flu vaccine (Link)
•  TX: Tarrant Count man confirmed death from H1N1 (Ft. Worth area) (Link)
•  TX: more on the 14 yr old boy who died Tuesday in Ft. Worth at Cook Children’s (Link)
•  UT: Utah confirms 3 new deaths this week, now 21 total from H1N1 confirmed (Link)
•  VA – Severe negative reaction to seasonal flu shot? (Link)
•  VT: Manchester has H1N1 in schools (Link)
•  WI: Wisconsin has some schools w/ 30+% absences, closing rest of week (Link)

•  New CPR increases survival rate (Link)
•  U. of Michigan study indicates need to monitor H1N1 patients for lung embolisms (Link)
•  Kids Under 10 May Need 2 Swine Flu Vaccine Doses (Link)