Infectious Diseases

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Researchers set to resume lab-bred bird flu studies

Just more than a year after putting a voluntary moratorium on certain experiments involving the H5N1 avian influenza virus, researchers say the studies should restart.

Study: Almost half of U.S. children get vaccines late

Almost half of all babies and toddlers in the United States aren't receiving vaccines on time, a new study shows.

Vaccine stakes upped as dengue dubbed fastest-spreading tropical disease

Many drug developers have tried and all have failed to create a vaccine for potentially fatal, flu-like dengue. And now the stakes are higher, as the World Health Organization just deemed dengue the world's fastest-spreading tropical disease, representing a pandemic threat.

Widespread, early flu season grips United States

A fast, early and widespread flu season has gripped the United States, though deaths and hospitalizations are still below pandemic thresholds.

Altravax pulls in $1.2M from NIH

NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has its eye on Altravax, awarding the company $1.2 million to advance a dengue vaccine and hepatitis B therapeutic.

Pfizer wins Prevenar 13 expansion in EU

Pfizer has always harbored substantial goals for its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, and the pharma giant got a leg up Tuesday when the European Commission approved the use of Prevenar 13 in older children and adolescents.

Typhoid vaccine recall results in shortage in U.K.

A typhoid vaccine recall issued back in October by Sanofi Pasteur MSD--a joint venture of pharma giants Sanofi and Merck--has resulted in a shortage of the injection in the United Kingdom.

Serum Institute will donate measles rubella vaccine to GAVI

The Serum Institute of India will donate 20 million doses of measles-rubella vaccine to the GAVI Alliance as part of that organization's initiative to reduce the mortality rate caused by measles-rubella in the developing world.

TB vaccine tested in infants of HIV-positive mothers

University of Cape Town's South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative and Stellenbosch's Desmond Tutu TB Centre are recruiting infants to test a new tuberculosis vaccine for newborns of HIV-positive moms, a demographic not served by the current vaccine.

Global pediatric vaccine market to hit $23B by 2015

The global pediatric vaccine market will likely hit a value of more than $23 billion by 2015, a market analysis shows. GlaxoSmithKline leads the charge with nearly a quarter of the global market.