A few weeks ago, Novartis, sanofi-aventis
Novartis was able to get the vaccine program up and running so quickly because it's using cell culture to make it, instead of the more traditional chicken eggs, which have to incubate longer in the laboratory, so to speak. Both Baxter
The World Health Organization said the flu outbreak had become a pandemic yesterday, but it's important to remember that pandemic is defined by the spread of the virus, not by its severity. And how brutal the virus is will ultimately determine how well vaccine makers will prosper during the pandemic, along with companies that sell antiviral medications like Roche and Gilead Sciences'
And that's ultimately the problem with investing in the hopes of making money off the swine flu. Trying to figure out whether people will buy Apple's
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