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Wild Poliovirus Reaches More African Countries In 2009, WHO Official Says

Cases of polio have been reported in some African countries that have eradicated the disease, Luis Gomes Sambo, the WHO’s Africa regional director, said Monday at the opening of a child immunisation conference in Zimbabwe, Agence France-Presse reports (12/14).

Survey Examines Disease R&D Investment In 2008

According to an annual survey released Tuesday by the George Institute for International Health that looks at R&D funding of diseases that affect the developing world, the U.S. government in 2008 “remained the single biggest contributor as it again provided almost half of the total funding but the report notes developing countries like Brazil [and] India … were becoming a growing force,” AAP/Sydney Morning Herald reports (Rose, 12/15).

New Report Examines Post-Market Safety Surveillance For Drugs, Vaccines

“To fight many of the diseases that plague the world’s poorest, we need tools — safe and effective drugs and vaccines that can reduce unnecessary suffering and afford millions the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives. An essential part of having the right tools, and making sure that the…

Meningitis Vaccine Tolerates African Heat Without Refrigeration

A study published in the journal Vaccine shows that a vaccine against meningitis A can be successfully stored and delivered without refrigeration in Africa, news services report. The Guardian: Meningitis vaccine withstands African heat without damage “The first immunization campaign in Africa using a vaccine that does not have to…

HPV Vaccine Program Begins In Kenya, But Access To Cervical Cancer Treatment Still Low

The Guardian: Kenyan girls get cervical cancer vaccine but women’s wait for treatment goes on “Life is rough for women with cervical cancer in Kenya. Some of those attending the country’s only public treatment facility sleep on benches and concrete floors outside the hospital to save money for their treatment.…

News Outlets Continue Coverage Of Study Showing Meningitis Vaccine Needs No Refrigeration

News outlets continue coverage of a new study showing a meningitis vaccine remains stable and effective without refrigeration. IRIN: Meningitis vaccine out of the cold “A pilot meningitis A immunization campaign targeting more than 155,000 people in Benin with a vaccine that does not require constant refrigeration has demonstrated clear…

PATH Blog Reports On MenAfriVac Study Results

Kathleen Donnelly, content manager for PATH, writes in the organization’s blog about “[t]he first mass vaccination campaign conducted in Africa with a vaccine that doesn’t require constant refrigeration … The MenAfriVac vaccine was developed through the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership between PATH and the World Health Organization. It used…

Experimental Chikungunya Vaccine Shows Success In Trials; DoD Funding Will Help Predict Outbreaks

Media outlets examine research toward a chikungunya vaccine. Bloomberg News: Vaccine for Mosquito-Borne Virus Shows Promise in Tests “A novel vaccine developed by U.S. government researchers is showing promise against chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne virus that started spreading this summer in the southern U.S…” (Cortez, 8/14). Reuters: Experimental chikungunya vaccine…

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