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MSF To Begin Ebola Drug Trials In West Africa Next Month

News outlets report on issues surrounding Ebola drug trials and note Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will begin clinical trials for two Ebola drugs in West Africa beginning in December. Nature: Ethical dilemma for Ebola drug trials (Hayden, 11/11). New York Times: Researchers to Test New Treatments in Countries Hit Hardest…

Vaccine-Resistant Polio Strain Identified As Cause Of 2010 Outbreak In DRC

VOA News: Researchers Identify Vaccine-Resistant Polio Strain “As the world enters the final phase of a global polio eradication effort, French researchers have identified a mutant strain of the virus that is resistant to the polio vaccine. Despite this, an American expert said the war on polio can be won…

Devex #HealthyMeans Opinion Pieces Address Global Health Challenges, Opportunities

Devex: Ensuring that no child dies for want of the right antibiotic Richard Francis, global head of Sandoz Devex: What Ebola has taught us about global health financing Rene Karsenti, chair of the IFFIm Board of Directors and president of the International Capital Market Association Devex: Every breath counts –…

Fighting Pneumonia Requires Access To Prevention, Treatment Interventions

USAID’s “IMPACT”: You Can’t Save Lives if you Don’t Fight Pneumonia Robert Steinglass, director of the Immunization Center at John Snow, Inc. and immunization team leader at USAID, and Katrin DeCamp, senior communications specialist for USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, discuss the importance of improved access to pneumonia prevention…

Experts Meet At WHO To Discuss Experimental Ebola Drug, Vaccine Testing

NPR: Medical Experts Look For New Ways To Test Ebola Drugs “Medical experts are meeting [Tuesday and Wednesday] at the World Health Organization in Geneva to figure out how to test potential Ebola drugs in Africa. In addition to determining which experimental drugs should be the highest priority, the experts…

Devex Examines Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance’s Rebranding Efforts

Devex: The evolution of global health’s ‘best-kept secret’ “…[T]hose who are familiar with Gavi believe the organization has been very discreet about its work and could do more to raise awareness about its mission — a point that the survey [of key global health stakeholders] reinforced. Immediately after finding out…

U.S. Should Support Gavi With $250M Annually Over Next 4 Years

The Missoulian: Urge U.S. leaders to support Gavi Carla Mettling, co-chair of the Missoula chapter of RESULTS “…[T]he work of multilateral aid groups gives hope in this dismal picture [of acute and ongoing health emergencies]. One such is Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which vaccinates children against the major childhood killers…

Canada’s Tekmira To Produce Experimental Ebola Treatment For U.S. DoD

Reuters: Tekmira to produce Ebola treatment for U.S. Dept of Defense “The U.S. Department of Defense has exercised an option with Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. for the company to make 500 courses of its experimental treatment for Ebola, Tekmira said on Thursday. The treatment targets the Ebola-Guinea virus variant, which…

Media Sources Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Drug, Vaccine R&D

Media sources report on various issues surrounding research into Ebola vaccines and treatments. Associated Press: U.S. officials unveil plan to test Ebola drugs (Marchione, 11/5). CIDRAP News: FDA, industry officials vow to minimize barriers to Ebola vaccines (Roos, 11/5). Reuters: U.S. Ebola researchers plead for access to virus samples (Steenhuysen,…

Additional Federal Funding For HIV Vaccine Research Needed, Experts Say At CSIS Event

Media sources report on an event held Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, titled “Ending Epidemics Through Technology: Developing an HIV Vaccine.” CQ HealthBeat: Advocates Cite Promising AIDS Vaccine Research in Quest for Funds “AIDS experts said Tuesday that it’s critical to push for higher levels of…

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