Monday, June 15, 2009

Swine Flu now pandemic, race for vaccine is on

An article at Yahoo! last week looks at how drug makers are racing to come up with the vaccine to prevent the swine flu. GlaxoSmithKline has stated its vaccine will be ready to go into large scale production within weeks. Sanofi-Aventis has also started working on their vaccine. Novartis' vaccine has yet to be tested on humans.

One concern for individuals around the world is how developing countries will obtain access to these vaccines. Countries with lots of available capital have already signed contracts with major Pharma, guaranteeing that their citizens will have access to the flu vaccine. Many poorer countries, who usually have poor healthcare systems, will be left in a scramble to find vaccines for their countries.

The WHO believes that the swine flu vaccine will be approved and ready for sale by September. For more information, read the full article here.

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