Indian health workers reject imported vaccines; New studies indicate Gardasil protects older women, gays


> The WHO says it wants to make sure that the swine flu vaccine is added to the annual mix for the next flu season. Report

> Close to 80 percent of the health workers in Mumbai are refusing the swine flu vax, saying they're afraid of potential side effects from the imported shots. Story

> With the help of a pandemic, Australia's CSL posted a 23 percent spike in first-half profits. CSL had A$160 million in sales of its vaccine for swine flu. Story

> Hong Kong is reporting its 70th death from swine flu. Report

> U.S. vets say that pets are vulnerable to the swine flu that's affecting their owners. Story

Vaccine Research

> Merck has presented two studies that demonstrate how Gardasil can help protect the health of older women and gay men. The drug was 89 percent effective in preventing HPV in women between the ages of 24 and 45. And it was 78 percent effective against anal intraepithelial neoplasia, which often can trigger anal cancer in gay men. Report

> CEL-SCI Corporation, which is developing a vaccine for rheumatoid arthritis, reported that R&D expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 totaled $2.8 million versus R&D expenses of $1.4 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2009. Release

Vaccine Market

> Novavax elected Stanley Erck chairman of the board. He is replacing John Lambert effective immediately. Story