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Sebelius vows supply of H1N1 vaccine will soon improve

first_imgOct 21, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promised a Senate committee today that the flow of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine doses will greatly improve in November, following its slow start this month.Speaking to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sebelius blamed production problems for the meager early supplies of vaccine and promised that eventually there will be enough for all Americans who want to be vaccinated.HHS officials had predicted that 45 million doses would be ready for distribution in mid October, followed by about 20 million more each week after that. But as of yesterday, only 12.8 million doses had become available for ordering, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.Low yields, start-up problemsSebelius blamed two problems for the low early production numbers: low yields from the eggs used to grow the vaccine virus—which were reported when pharmaceutical companies started production in the summer—and difficulties in starting up new production lines.”We have some new production lines that have been put in place by the manufacturers; there were glitches in some of these production lines,” she told the committee.”Those two issues have been corrected, so we anticipate that number [of doses] growing exponentially as we move into the season,” she added. “By early November we’re confident that vaccine will be far more widely available. There’ll be enough vaccine so every American who wants to can be vaccinated.”The government has ordered a total of about 250 million doses of H1N1 vaccine from five manufacturers. The expectation is that vaccine deliveries will be completed in December. But the slow start to the vaccine deliveries has complicated planning by state and local health departments and other groups involved in vaccination efforts.Echoing what a CDC official said yesterday, Sebelius also promised today that the availability of seasonal flu vaccine will improve in coming weeks. Public health agencies had encouraged the public to get their seasonal flu immunizations early, before the rollout of the H1N1 vaccine. But supplies of the seasonal vaccine have run short in some areas.”We’ve been assured that production is ramping up,” Sebelius told the committee. “Manufacturers are backfilling that, and it’ll be much more widely available.”IV antiviral authorization expectedIn other comments, Sebelius said HHS will soon issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) for an antiviral drug that can be given intravenously to help critically ill H1N1 patients. The two mainstay antivirals, oseltamivir and zanamivir, are not available in IV formulations.In her written testimony, Sibelius said, “Physicians treating critically ill patients with H1N1 influenza will soon have access to new antviral drugs supported by HHS/BARDA [the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency] and administered intravenously under a CDC sponsored emergency use authorization.”Under questioning by Sen. Joe Lieberman, committee chairman, she said issuance of an EUA is “imminent” but didn’t give a date.Last week a Food and Drug Administration official said a decision was expected soon on an EUA for IV peramivir, an antiviral that’s in the same class as oseltamivir and zanamivir but is not yet licensed.School closures continuingAlso at today’s hearing, Education Secretary Arne Duncan reported that the H1N1 virus has prompted many school closures so far this fall but that the numbers have been below what they were in the spring wave of the pandemic.So far this fall, 628 schools have closed for at least a day, affecting 219,000 students, Duncan told the committee. As of yesterday, 88 schools were closed, affecting 28,000 students and 1,800 teachers, he said.By comparison, in the spring, from Apr 27 through Jun 12, more than 1,350 schools in 35 states closed, affecting 824,966 students and 53,217 teachers, Duncan reported. The peak day was May 5, with 980 schools closed.At the beginning of the H1N1 outbreaks, the CDC recommended that schools close if they had any confirmed or suspected H1N1 cases. But soon afterward, when it became evident that the virus wasn’t as virulent as first feared, the agency advised that schools should focus on identifying and isolating sick students and should close only if they had large numbers of cases. Duncan said schools have been heeding the CDC guidance.He noted that the Education Department, with the CDC and state and local agencies, developed a new school dismissal monitoring system over the summer. The system used earlier didn’t work well, he said.See also: Senate committee hearing page, with links to testimony:http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_id=cbe5331e-19ab-41d5-bffe-7610f97708f0Oct 16 CIDRAP News story “US H1N1 vaccine delayed as cases and deaths rise”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/oct1609vaccine.htmllast_img read more

Dorothy E. Brown, 89

first_imgDorothy Elizabeth Ford Jones Brown, 89, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at her residence in Greensburg. She was born on June 13, 1929 in Greensburg, Indiana, the daughter of Raymond O. and Eleanora (Thrine) Ford.  On November 15, 1947 she married Robert M. Jones and to this union was three daughters, Wanda Lou Ball, Sharon Ann Jones Schmidt, and Deborah Ann Jones.  On June 8, 1963 she married Winton Lester Brown and he preceded her in death on January 22, 2008. She wrote the Greensburg Daily News Garden Column for 17 years.  She was a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 5584, a life member and held office for the Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.  She was a former member of the Give Un Take Garden Club, Evening Bells Homemaker Club, Red Cross, Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, a former officer and member of the Friends of the Library from 1984 – 96, a member of BPW and she was the 1987 BPW Woman of the Year. She loved gardening, reading, and volunteering, but her pride and joy was her time spent with Winton, baby sitting with her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She is survived by three daughters, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands. There will be no visitation. Private Graveside Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Our Hospice of Southeastern Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Anthony Davis trade rumors: Pelicans prefer to send star to Celtics over Lakers

first_img Lakers trade rumors: Los Angeles’ deal for Anthony Davis could ‘hinge on’ Kyle Kuzma As trade talks heat up around Pelicans star Anthony Davis, New Orleans has a preferred destination for making a deal work. The Lakers and Celtics have emerged as front-runners to land Davis, but New Orleans would rather send Davis to the Celtics, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst explained earlier this week on “The Jump.” Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Celtics hope trading for Anthony Davis will convince All-Star guard to stay Davis, who averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games during the regular season, led the Pelicans to a 33-49 record. New Orleans missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.The Pelicans could look to move Davis before the 2019 NBA Draft, which is set for Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Windhorst’s comments came after it was reported the Lakers have “made progress towards completing a multiteam deal” for Davis and Los Angeles has discussed using its No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft as an asset.Per NJ.com: Related News “I think it’s a good sign that David Griffin is shopping the No. 4 pick. That at least means he’s open to a deal with the Lakers,” Windhorst said. “But I think all of this is a maneuver to draw as much as he possibly can out of the Celtics. They’ve preferred to deal with the Celtics since Dell Demps was the general manager. The Lakers’ offers haven’t changed that much. They have a higher pick, but they don’t really have different players to offer. If he really wanted to make the Lakers deal, and he really wanted the draft pick, he would’ve already made the Lakers deal.”However, the Boston Globe reported the Celtics are hesitant to extend an offer with their best assets because of uncertainty surrounding Davis’s long-term future in Boston. It has been speculated that if Davis goes to Boston, he would play out the final season of his contract and then become a free agent.The six-time All-Star told the Pelicans in late January that he didn’t plan to re-sign with the franchise when he could opt out of his contract after 2019-20, and he asked New Orleans to move him. The Pelicans were in negotiations with several teams (including the Celtics and the Lakers) before February’s trade deadline but failed to make a deal.  NBA trade news: Anthony Davis’ agent talks potential Lakers, Knicks dealslast_img read more