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U.S. Military’s Walter Reed Research Institute Working To Develop Zika Vaccine

Wired: Inside the U.S. Army Lab Racing to Create a Zika Vaccine “…Today, the military maintains one of the biggest, smartest and most robust communicable disease-fighting labs in the country. Before Zika came along, there was Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya, and West Nile. Today [the Walter Reed Army Institute of…

House Democrats Attempt To Force Vote On Zika Funding As July 4th Recess Approaches

The Atlantic: House Democrats Try to Force Another Vote on Zika “Congressional lawmakers started formal negotiations last week on Zika funding, but things aren’t moving fast enough for House Democrats…” (Kelly, 6/21). CQ News: Zika Spending Talks Headed for the Finish Line, But No Deal Yet “…A Democratic Senate conferee…

NIH Announces Large Study To Follow Pregnant Women In Zika-Affected Countries

Associated Press/PBS NewsHour: NIH launches massive study of pregnant women in Zika-hit regions “Researchers are beginning a study of up to 10,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico, Brazil, and other Zika-hit parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, to better understand the virus’ threat. The U.S. National Institutes of Health…

Congress Should Fund Zika Without Using Ebola Funds

Miami Herald: Congress must fully fund battle against Zika and Ebola Sylvia Burwell, U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services “…[Some members] in Congress want to meet [the Zika] challenge by stripping funds away from our Ebola response and our continued efforts to prepare countries to build up their public…

Emphasis On Equity, Health Care Access Critical To Ending Preventable Child, Maternal Deaths

Huffington Post: Reaching the Unreached: How an Emphasis on Equity Can Help End Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID “…Equity is at the heart of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s 2016 Acting on the…

Challenging Assumptions Of Sexual Violence In Conflict Important Step In Creating Awareness, Preventative Measures

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: To Prevent Sexual Violence In Conflict, We Have To Understand It First Recognizing the International Day to Eliminate Sexual Violence in Conflict, held on June 19, Catherine Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the State Department, outlines various assumptions related to sexual violence in…

First Human Trial Of Experimental Zika Vaccine To Begin In U.S. Soon

CNN: First Zika vaccine to be tested in humans “The first human trial of a Zika vaccine will begin soon, Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday. Inovio, which is based in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and GeneOne Life Science, which is based in Seoul, South Korea, worked together on the vaccine…” (Christensen, 6/20).…

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