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Localized ‘Pop-Up’ Vaccine Factories Could Help Stem Global Threat Of Disease Outbreaks

HuffPost: Why The World Needs Pop-up Vaccine Factories Harris Makatsoris, professor of manufacturing operations in the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre at Cranfield University “…[T]he global threat from pandemics is growing. … But the core problem remains: how to manufacture vaccines quickly enough, and on a large enough scale, to save…

U.S. Must Take Action To Improve Influenza Preparedness, Experts Say

Axios: Pandemic flu is #1 health security concern: WH official “The U.S. won’t be ready to face a flu pandemic until it improves its vaccines, health care infrastructure, and coordination with other countries — all of which are top priorities for the White House, a National Security Council official said…

More News In Global Health

CIDRAP News: European report warns XDR gonorrhea threatens future treatment (Dall, 5/8). Devex: U.K. aid groups to be asked to report safeguarding spending (Anders, 5/9). Devex: Key takeaways from Australia’s 2018 aid budget (Cornish, 5/8). Devex: Q&A: How UNICEF is mapping South Sudan’s most remote states (Mednick, 5/8). The Guardian:…

NPR Profiles Work Of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service

NPR: When A Mystery Outbreak Strikes, Who You Gonna Call? “…At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s a group of doctors. They call themselves the Epidemic Intelligence Service. They’re basically disease detectives, and they’ve developed this reputation around the world as the team local health officials can turn…

More News In Global Health

Associated Press: Mothers a last line against outright famine in Yemen’s war (Michael, 5/3). BioPharm International: Pandemic Fears Stoke Calls for New Vaccines and Global Health Initiatives (Wechsler, 5/2). Global Health NOW: Fogarty’s 50 Years and New Frontiers (Myers, 5/2). The Guardian: Uganda launches major vaccination drive as deadly cholera…

U.S. Unprepared For Natural Or Manmade Biological Threats, Experts Say

Homeland Security Today: U.S. ‘a Lot More Fragile Than We Realize’ on Biothreats, Experts Warn “The nation is critically underprepared to confront transnational biological threats ranging from DIY bioterror agents to natural pathogens that outpace current pharmaceuticals and overwhelm medical facilities, the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense heard at…