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‘Vigorous Vaccination Efforts’ Needed To Stop Polio’s Spread

New York Times: The Global Polio Threat, Back Again “…Only two infectious diseases have ever been eradicated — smallpox and rinderpest, a viral cattle disease — but there were expectations that polio would soon join them. That hope dimmed this year when three countries where the polio virus was thought…

Polio Emergency Declaration Should Foster More Collaboration To End Disease

Noting the WHO’s declaration of polio as a global health emergency, Jay Wenger, director of the polio program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “…This isn’t to say that the last mile [to polio eradication] is going to be easy. It hasn’t…

U.S. Officials Urge Postponement Of Smallpox Virus Stockpile Destruction

Associated Press/ABC News: Scientists Urge Delay in Destroying Last Smallpox “More than three decades after the eradication of smallpox, U.S. officials say it’s still not time to destroy the last known stockpiles of the virus behind one of history’s deadliest diseases…” (Neergaard, 5/2).

Sabin Vaccine Institute Event Marks 20 Years Of Scientific Advancements

In a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, Ambassador Michael Marine, CEO of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes about the institute’s 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium event. “In a fitting way to kick off World Immunization Week, several hundred people gathered Friday, April 25th to celebrate significant…

Health Workers In Pakistan Battle Polio, Militants

Foreign Policy: SWAT M.D. “…Ever since the CIA used a vaccination campaign as cover in its hunt for Osama Bin Laden, real medical professionals have found themselves in the crosshairs in Pakistan. The Taliban have banned immunizations and accused those attempting to deliver medical services in the tribal areas of…

GSK Executive Discusses Vaccine R&D Investments, Challenges

Bloomberg TV: Upfront Vaccine Costs a Hurdle to Business: Slaoui In a video report, “Moncef Slaoui, R&D and vaccines chairman at GlaxoSmithKline, discusses the financial challenges to developing vaccines, the importance of research and development to the pharmaceutical industry from the 2014 Milken Global Conference on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Market Makers'”…

‘Power Of Partnership’ Essential To Effective Vaccine Delivery

Raja Rao, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Before my career in vaccine delivery, I considered the fridge nothing more than a place where lettuce goes to die. But it’s a critical component in…

Congressional Briefing Recognizes World Immunization Week

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes comments made by Robert Clay, deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, and Lucas Otieno, research officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Walter-Reed Project, who spoke on Monday at a congressional briefing recognizing World Immunization Week (Aziz,…

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