A vaccine against the mosquito-borne infection dengue, the first to reach the final stage of clinical testing, “has seen ‘very promising’ results in Thailand, a specialist involved in the tests said on Friday,” Reuters reports (Petty/Mahlich, 6/10).
This Lancet series examines vaccine technology, “including the developments expected over the coming decade and what we can expect from translation of the latest vaccine science. Improving vaccine coverage and financing of both existing and newer vaccines together with how we communicate the benefits of vaccines and ensure public trust…
Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger recorded the lowest number of meningitis A cases in an epidemic season this year after the MenAfriVac vaccine was introduced, data from the WHO show, the nonprofit that helped develop the shot, Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP), said on Thursday, Reuters reports.
“In an era of strained finances, it makes sense to invest in solutions that save money in the long run. HIV vaccine development fits that bill. As we mark the 30th anniversary of AIDS, there could be no better way to commemorate the occasion than to renew our commitment to its end,” Seth Berkeley, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, write in a CNN opinion piece (6/8).
Widespread Vaccination Could Save Millions Of Child Lives, Billions Of Dollars, Health Affairs Studies Say
About 6.4 million “children’s lives and billions of dollars could be saved if vaccines were more widely available in 72 of the world’s poorest countries,” according to a series of studies published Thursday in the June 2011 issue of Health Affairs, Reuters reports.
The International AIDS Society (IAS) in a statement released ahead of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS “calls on leaders to ensure the inclusion of HIV cure research and its global strategy into the international HIV agenda and in all discussions, political decisions and funding strategies.” The organization says…
In a special report, Reuters examines the case of Timothy Ray Brown, who was cured of HIV and leukemia after undergoing “a bone marrow transplant using cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation, known as CCR5 delta 32,” which researchers knew conveyed resistance to HIV infection.
The pharmaceutical company Sanofi and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) on Monday announced a three-year research collaboration to develop drugs for nine neglected tropical diseases, RTTNews reports.
The New York Times looks at the evolution of the battle against AIDS since the first federal announcement of the disease 30 years ago this week.
“Good health makes good politics,” Michael Castle, a former Republican Congressman from Delaware, and Kaitlin Christenson, director of the Global Health Technologies Coalition, write in a Roll Call opinion piece that makes the case for widespread support for medical research that aims to improve global health.