H1N1 slow to reproduce in eggs, a key part of antiquated vaccine process

updated 5:50 p.m. ET, Wed., Oct . 21, 2009

SWIFTWATER, Pa. – The federal government originally promised 120 million doses of swine flu vaccine by now. Only 13 million have come through.

As nervous Americans clamor for the vaccine, production is running several weeks behind schedule, and health officials blame the pressure on pharmaceutical companies to crank it out along with the ordinary flu vaccine, and a slow and antiquated process that relies on millions of chicken eggs.

There have been other bottlenecks, too: Factories that put the precious liquid into syringes have become backed up. And the government itself ran into a delay in developing the tests required to assess each batch before it is cleared for use.

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Australia
•  Video : ICU experience from Sydney (Link)

Canada
•  Healthy Canadians asked to hold off on getting swine flu vaccine (Link)
•  Full efforts urged to stop A/H1N1 flu virus transmission from people to animals (Link)
•  3rd Tamiflu-resistant case since pandemic began (Link)

China
•  Massive flu vaccination underway (Link)

France
•  Death of a 38 years man (translated) (Link)

India
•  Hospitals get equipments for H1N1 (Link)
•  Death toll reaches 431, plus 112 new cases confirmed yesterday (Link)

Indonesia
•  Supari Claims New Health Minister Smuggled Virus  (Link)
•  Sickness in N. Sumatra factory workers (translated) (Link)
•  Indonesia Has 1,097 Swine Flu Cases (translated) (Link)
•  More Criticism of Endang (translated) (Link)

Ireland
•  Four more people with swine flu die
(Link)

Kenya
•  Researchers visiting students for introduction of H1N1 (Link)

United Kingdom
•  NHS told to brace itself over flu (Link)
•  DH warns of ‘unprecedented’ workload as swine flu cases double (Link)
•  Girl, eight, dies from swine flu
An eight-year-old girl from Norwich, who contracted swine flu, has died within 24 hours of falling ill (Link)
•  Quarter of critical swine flu patients under 16: Sir Liam Donaldson (Link)
•  UK’s death toll climbed 16 last week (Link)
•  2 more deaths confirmed in Wales, others mentioned as possible H1N1 (Link)

United States
•  Washington, DC: First Member of Congress Gets H1N1 (Link)
•  Problems with storage temps for vaccine (Link and link)
•  CA: Gov. Schwarzenegger deploys state’s N95 masks (Link)
•  CO: Coloradao launches website to help self-assessments on H1N1 (Link)
•  DE: First confirmed death from H1N1 in Delaware (Link)
•  FL: Swine flu claims 3 lives in Central Florida; survey shows 1 in 5 kids has flu-like virus (Link)
•  FL: death toll in Florida last week reached 131 (Link)
•  GA: CDC: 1 in 5 kids had flu this month (Link)
•  KS: state officials confirm 9th death
Kansas health officials confirm the ninth death in of a person infected with the H1N1 flu virus (Link)
•  MD: 18 yr old’s death was ‘swine flu’, so parents say doctors said (Link)
•  MN: 3 more Minnesota deaths, two children under 7 (Link)
•  OH: Boy with H1N1 was alert, talking until minutes before his death, mom says (Link)
•  PA: Children’s Hospital to conduct live Web chat on swine flu (Link)
•  SC: Greenville pastor likely to have been an H1N1 casualty (Link)
•  H (Link)

General
•  Washington Post-ABC News poll: Despite H1N1 fears, many worry about vaccination (Link)
•  Swine Flu Parties? Send Your Regrets, Experts Say (Link)
•   Pro-MED off tomorrow am. (Link)

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