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Boko Haram Militants Hinder Efforts To Eliminate Polio From Northern Nigeria

Undark: Amid Fear and Guns, Polio Finds a Refuge “…Poliovirus is so cunning, so contagious, so devastating, that a single case of poliomyelitis, the paralysis-inducing disease it causes, sends up the flares as a public health emergency, which quickly ignites international concern. … Most tellingly, it is in the badlands…

Attacks On Vaccine Stores, Health Facilities In Syria Threaten Children, Gavi Says

Xinhua News: Attacks on health facilities threaten all Syrian children: global Vaccine Alliance “Attacks on health workers, medical facilities, and vaccine stocks are putting the lives of all Syrian children at risk, [Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance,] said on Tuesday following last week’s strike on medical facilities in eastern Syria…” (10/17).

NIH, International Researchers Discuss Path To Develop Universal Influenza Vaccine

NIH: Experts Outline Pathway to a Universal Influenza Vaccine “Scientists and clinicians from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the California Institute of Technology discuss key considerations for developing a universal influenza vaccine in a meeting report appearing in…

WHO, Nigerian Government Begin Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign To Immunize 874K People

CIDRAP News: Nigeria launches yellow fever vaccination campaign “Nigeria’s government has launched a campaign to vaccinate about 874,000 people against yellow fever in two of the country’s states, Kwara and Kogi, the World Health Organization (WHO) said [Monday]…” (Schnirring, 10/16). Xinhua News: WHO supports vaccination campaign in Nigeria to battle…

NIH Official Discusses Need To Issue Exclusive License To Drug Company For Zika Vaccine Development With U.S. House, Senate Staff

CQ HealthBeat: NIH Tries to Ease Concerns About Zika Vaccine Deal “The federal government is considering granting a pharmaceutical company an exclusive license to further develop a taxpayer-funded vaccine for the Zika virus, just weeks after a similar arrangement was scuttled following blowback from health groups and lawmakers. … In…

Experimental Ebola Vaccines Provide Year-Long Antibody Responses In Liberia Trial

CIDRAP News: Liberia trial finds Ebola vaccines yield year-long immune response “A trial at the end of Liberia’s Ebola outbreak of two candidate vaccines that were furthest along in development at the time showed both posed no major safety concerns and triggered immune responses that lasted at least a year,…

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