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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 04:10 PM
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Baxter wants to develop swine flu vaccine; accidentally mixed bird flu with human flu in vaccines
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... and discovered in February, 2009, when vaccine was shipped from the Baxter facility in Austria to 3 neighboring countries and test-inoculated into ferrets in the Czech Republic. The ferrets died.

How does the deadly strain of avian flu happen to *contaminate* human flu vaccine??

And we are supposed to have confidence in Baxter now wanting to develop a swine flu vaccine?

And, perhaps most infuriating is WHY was this not widely reported in our (so-called) media?

Just lovely.

Baxter International working on swine flu vaccine

April 26, 2009

Specialty drug maker Baxter International Inc. will work with the World Health Organization to develop a vaccine that could stem an outbreak of a deadly swine flu strain in Mexico.

Baxter spokesman Christopher Bona said Saturday that the Deerfield, Ill.-based company has asked the WHO for a sample of the flu strain. He says Baxter has patented technology that allows the company to develop vaccines in half the time it usually takes -- about 13 weeks instead of 26.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say two flu drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, seem effective against the new strain. GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Relenza, and Roche, which makes Tamiflu, confirmed that the swine flu strain is sensitive to their drugs.

Both Relenza and Tamiflu have to be taken early, within a few days of the onset of symptoms, to be most effective.

Baxter Sent Bird Flu Virus to European Labs by Error

By Michelle Fay Cortez and Jason Gale

February 24, 2009

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Baxter International Inc. in Austria unintentionally contaminated samples with the bird flu virus that were used in laboratories in three neighboring countries, raising concern about the potential spread of the deadly disease.

The contamination was discovered when ferrets at a laboratory in the Czech Republic died after being inoculated with vaccine made from the samples early this month. The material came from Deerfield, Illinois-based Baxter, which reported the incident to the Austrian Ministry of Health, Sigrid Rosenberger, a ministry spokeswoman, said today in a telephone interview.

This was infected with a bird flu virus, Rosenberger said. There were some people from the company who handled it.

The material was intended for use in laboratories, and none of the lab workers have fallen ill. The incident is drawing scrutiny over the safety of research using the H5N1 bird flu strain thats killed more than three-fifths of the people known to have caught the bug worldwide. Some scientists say the 1977 Russian flu, the most recent global outbreak, began when a virus escaped from a laboratory.

The virus material was supposed to contain a seasonal flu virus and was contaminated after human error, said Christopher Bona, a spokesman for Baxter, in a telephone interview.


Baxter To Develop Swine Flu Vaccine Despite Bird Flu Scandal, April 27, 2009

Flu Kills The Torture Memos, Global Research, April 26, 2009

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