Global Health Initiatives: Bird Flu Vaccines, Indian Drugmakers' US Boost, Taiwan's Exclusion

The United States and Europe are preparing H5N1 bird flu vaccines to protect at-risk workers, potentially averting a pandemic. Indian drugmakers are expected to see revenue increases in fiscal 2025 due to U.S. drug shortages. WHO members decided not to invite Taiwan to the annual assembly in Geneva after Chinese objections.


Reuters | Updated: 28-05-2024 02:29 IST | Created: 28-05-2024 02:29 IST
Global Health Initiatives: Bird Flu Vaccines, Indian Drugmakers' US Boost, Taiwan's Exclusion
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US, European nations consider vaccinating workers exposed to bird flu

The United States and Europe are taking steps to acquire or manufacture H5N1 bird flu vaccines that could be used to protect at-risk poultry and dairy workers, veterinarians and lab technicians, government officials said, moves influenza experts say could curb the threat of a pandemic. U.S officials last week said they were moving bulk vaccine from CSL Seqirus that closely matches the current virus into finished shots that could provide 4.8 million doses of vaccine. European health officials told Reuters they were in talks to acquire CSL's prepandemic vaccine.

Indian drugmakers to see FY25 revenue boost in key US market, says India Ratings and Research

Indian drugmakers, which have the U.S. market as a key segment, will sustain their revenue improvement in fiscal 2025 due to drug shortages in the United States, Mumbai-based India Ratings and Research said on Monday. India is a hub of bulk generic drug manufacturing and drugmakers including Dr Reddy's, Cipla, Sun Pharma derive a significant share of revenue from both the U.S. and Europe.

WHO states decide not to invite Taiwan to annual assembly

Member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday decided not to invite Taiwan to the organization's annual assembly in Geneva after China appealed for it to remain sidelined. Taiwan is excluded from most international organisations because of objections by China, which considers the democratically governed island its territory.

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