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WHO: Countries agree to share flu virus samples

The World Health Organization says countries have agreed on a deal to share flu virus samples after almost four years of fractious talks on the issue. Full story

Deal near on flu virus-sharing, vaccines: diplomats

Countries are close to a deal to speed up their response to the next flu pandemic by sharing virus samples in return for access to affordable vaccines, diplomats at the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Full story

Study finds hope for new drugs that fight flu

New images of the influenza A virus, whose strains cause the seasonal flu and the H1N1 "swine" flu, have revealed its Achilles' heel, researchers say, and the finding could lead to a targeted drug that can fight all strains of the virus. Full story

H1N1: Round Two?

Last year around this time, the H1N1 influenza virus held the nation in a low-grade state of panic. Healthy young people were dying at unusually high rates. Thousands of others ended up in the hospital. The vaccine remained scarce for months. Full story

Wonder why H1N1 shots are late? Blame eggs

As nervous Americans clamor for the H1N1 vaccine, production is running several weeks behind schedule, and health officials say an antiquated process that relies on millions of chicken eggs is partly to blame. Full story

8 U.S. cities line up for swine flu vaccine test

Hundreds of Americans in eight cities are lining up for experimental swine flu shots in a race to get a vaccine out in case the new flu virus regains strength this fall and winter. Full story

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