Judge the timing of it all for yourselves, I'm just the lowly messenger boy Novartis looks to be on track for the first line of panic buying public, yah-hoo for those mom and pop shareholders.
Novartis produces first batch of swine flu vaccine
The Associated Press
Friday, June 12, 2009
BASEL, Switzerland — Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said Friday it has produced a first batch of experimental swine flu vaccine, a day after the World Health Organization declared the disease a pandemic.
The vaccine hasn't yet been tested and cannot be used in humans yet. It was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines, the company said.
Vaccines grown in cells currently account for less than 5 percent of the world's vaccine production, and experts say this is unlikely to change soon.
But the news pushed up Novartis shares by 4 percent to 44.82 Swiss francs ($41.56) on the Zurich exchange.
Now when will all of this stuff be ready for Market on a mass scale?
Well hell, just after September when Cold and Flu season starts in earnest!
The WHO says drugmakers will likely have vaccines against swine flu approved and ready for sale after September.
WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told reporters in Geneva that the global body is making available to all qualified manufacturers a strain of the virus A(H1N1) that can be used to make vaccines.
Oh how I love the transparency of this Flu business, it is a business, just in case you question that aspect of REALITY!
Bottom line as a seal of authenticity " IF YOU WILL "
Novartis said more than 30 governments have requested vaccine supplies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, which placed a $289 million order in May.
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