WHO increases number of approved seasonal flu vaccines
GENEVA — The World Health Organization on Thursday announced 11 new manufacturers of the seasonal flu vaccine, a development that is expected to double the number of influenza doses to 1.7 billion worldwide by 2015, according to published reports.
In all, there now are 37 approved vaccine manufacturers that potentially could triple their annual production to make as much as 5.4 billion pandemic vaccinations in the event of another H1N1-type outbreak.
Over the course of the H1N1 outbreak, the WHO had come under criticism for not having enough pandemic vaccine production capacity approved.
GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi are among the major producers of influenza vaccines.
Clorox receives acquisition proposal from Icahn Enterprises
OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox on Friday confirmed it has received an unsolicited conditional proposal from Icahn Enterprises to acquire the company for $76.50 per share, subject to due diligence, financing and other conditions. Clorox said its board of directors, in consultation with its financial and legal advisers, will review the proposal in due course.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan Securities are serving as financial advisers, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is legal adviser.
Latest ‘Pirates’ film sets sail for Blu-ray
BURBANK, Calif. — Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films announced that the latest installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," will be available on high-definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3-D and movie download on Oct. 18.
The film will be available in a limited-edition five-disc combo pack (one-disc Blu-ray 3-D, two-disc Blu-ray, one-disc DVD and one-disc digital copy), a two-disc combo pack (one-disc Blu-ray and one-disc DVD), and a 15-disc four-movie collection. Additionally the movie will be available in 3-D and high-definition movie download.
The limited-edition five-disc Blu-ray combo pack includes hours of bonus materials offering fans a deeper dive inside "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," including immersive Disney Second Screen technology, exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, Fountain of Youth mythology, an extensive look at mermaids, bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, and much more, the companies reported.
The15-disc four-movie collection is packaged in an authentic replica pirate’s chest, and includes a collectible map and an iconic skull disc case that holds the Blu-ray discs and digital copies of all four "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, along with the Blu-ray 3-D disc and DVD of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."