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Swine flu sales: windfall or hard work?

Swine flu is turning out to be a sales bonanza for drug companies - just don't call it a windfall, says GlaxoSmithKline.

As one of the world's top suppliers of both vaccines and antiviral medicine, CEO Andrew Witty resents the implication that billions of dollars of business simply fell into his company's lap when the World Health Organisation declared H1N1 a pandemic in June.

"For me the word windfall means you're walking down the street and something fell out of the sky," he told the Reuters Health Summit. "We've spent the best part of 15 years investing for this situation and our ability to manufacture and supply potentially 500 million or so doses (of vaccine) is all because of these investments."

Swine flu– too many to count

The World Health Organization, which had been patiently publishing every single confirmed case of swine flu, now finally says there are too many too even try counting. This will ease confusion, as the 94,000 confirmed cases were clearly only the tip of the iceberg:

Click here for WHO’s statement.

And while the pandemic is still fairly mild,  government are not taking chances — and vaccine makers are feeling the strain

When the going got tough, this school nurse got creative

When her tiny office at a prestigious private school in Queens started to fill up with sick and scared students, nurse Mary Pappas took a deep breath and got inventive.  Check out how her on-the-fly responses might help others trying to cope with the swine flu pandemic:

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE5687PY20090709

Meantime keep an eye out for WHO recommendations for vaccinations on Monday:

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE5692D420090710

 

We’ll let you know what the likely outcomes are.

http://www.reuters.com/article/asiaCrisis/idUSN10528404

And could obesity be a risk factor for severe swine flu infection? Keep an eye out on our HEALTH coverage page

Everything you wanted to know about swine flu

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John McConnell, an editor at The Lancet and founding Editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, is answering questions about the swine flu:

What is the science behind how new flu strains arise – this one has pig, human and bird components (mainly pig). How has it got this way and how is it able to gain each of these components?

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