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Supporting Immunization Programs Is ‘Proven Investment In Future Generations’

Huffington Post: Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…At the World Health Assembly, the world’s health ministers recognized four decades of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), and in Brussels the GAVI Alliance kicked off its ambitious plan for…

Oral Cholera Vaccine 86% Effective, Study Shows

News outlets report on a recent study’s findings that an oral cholera vaccine is 86 percent effective in controlling the disease. Agence France-Presse/Global Post: Cholera vaccine is 86 percent effective “A cheap and easy to deliver oral vaccine against cholera is 86 percent effective in preventing the infection which causes…

Number Of U.S. Measles Cases Reaches 20-Year High

New York Times: Measles Cases in U.S. Reach a 20-Year High “Largely because of resistance to vaccination, cases of measles have reached a 20-year high in the United States, federal health officials said on Thursday…” (McNeil, 5/29).

Involve Women In Search For AIDS Vaccine

Huffington Post Canada: Women Need an AIDS Vaccine Margie McGlynn, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) “…Women need an AIDS vaccine. They also need to be directly involved in the process of developing one. … The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is working with partners in…

Universal Immunization Critical To Prevent Outbreaks, Such As Measles

Washington Post: As measles cases increase, a sharp call for vaccinations “Even when there are significant gains against infectious diseases, there can be reversals. … The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that there have already been more [measles] cases this year [in the U.S.], 288, than in…

Public Health Programs ‘Should Be Politically Neutral’

The Lancet: Polio eradication: the CIA and their unintended victims “…On May 16, 2014, the White House announced that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as a cover for espionage. The news comes in the wake of a series of militant attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan,…

Late Start On Ebola Therapies Means Outbreak Outpacing Drug, Vaccine Development

ScienceInsider: Ebola vaccine: Little and late “…Administration officials have begun working with industry to speed manufacturing of experimental drugs and vaccines [for Ebola]. ‘We’re trying to do everything we can to scale up product,’ says Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and…

First British Volunteer Receives Experimental Ebola Vaccine

News outlets report on the announcement that the first British volunteer was injected this week with an experimental Ebola vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Associated Press: 1st U.K. volunteer gets experimental Ebola vaccine “British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person…

Gates Foundation Awards $25M For HIV Vaccine Research

Reuters: Gates Foundation awards $25 million to HIV vaccine research “Oregon researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…” (Sherwood, 9/3).

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