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Health Experts, Leaders Should Prioritize, Incentivize Development Of Vaccines For Poverty-Associated Infectious Diseases

STAT: ‘Neglected diseases’ are anything but neglected by the billion-plus people living with them Jerome Kim, director general of the International Vaccine Institute “…What should be done to remedy [the] systematic failure [of addressing neglected tropical diseases], including the failure to promptly develop vaccines, the most cost-effective approach to infectious…

WHO Publishes Feature Story On Polio Eradication Efforts In Afghanistan, Pakistan

WHO: Pakistan and Afghanistan: the final wild poliovirus bastion “As recently as 30 years ago, wild poliovirus paralyzed more than 350,000 children in more than 125 countries every year. Today, the virus has been beaten back to less than 30 reported cases in 2018 in just two countries — Afghanistan…

Anti-Vaccination Campaigns Pose Risk To Global Health Efforts

Financial Times: Falling vaccination rates pose a global health risk Editorial Board “…The health implications [of ‘anti-vax’ skepticism] are profound. Anti-vaccination campaigns defy decades of evidence of the indisputable global benefits of immunization. … Some fall in vaccination rates is a consequence of the effectiveness of immunization. As diseases are…

Ebola Vaccine Studies Should Include Pregnant Women

Mother Jones: Vaccine Studies Still Exclude Pregnant Women. That’s a Big Mistake. Rosa Furneaux, Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow at Mother Jones “…Even though Ebola is a severe and often fatal disease, the [experimental Ebola] vaccine is not available for pregnant or lactating women because there is not enough data to…

Leadership Needed To Help Sustainably Develop Vaccines, Create Viable Markets

Nature: Vaccine candidates for poor nations are going to waste David C. Kaslow, vice president for essential medicines at PATH, and colleagues “…In our view, the main stakeholders must come together to define a new path for the sustainable development of vaccines that are socially justified but that have no…

Progress Made To Implement Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, WHO Report Shows

Intellectual Property Watch: WHO Report Shows Global Progress On Influenza Preparedness Response “The World Health Organization has released a new report showing that significant progress has been made to build national and global preparedness for future influenza pandemics. This progress resulted from the collaborative multi-sectoral implementation of a WHO plan,…

Vanuatu Launches Program To Deliver Vaccines By Drone

New York Times: An Island Nation Starts an Experiment: Vaccines Delivered by Drone “In the village of Cook’s Bay, on the remote side of the remote island of Erromango, in the remote South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, one-month-old Joy Nowai was given hepatitis and tuberculosis shots delivered by a flying…

USAID Announces Winners Of 2018 Digital Development Awards

USAID: USAID Recognizes Winners of 2018 Digital Development Awards “[On Friday], the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the winners of its 2018 Digital Development Awards (Digi Awards), which recognize USAID projects’ innovative use of digital technologies and data to advance international development.” Winners included a program aimed…

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