Global Post examines the quest for an effective vaccine to fight malaria. According to Global Post, “epidemiologists are pinning their hopes on a malaria vaccine” because “[k]illing mosquitoes, or avoiding bites, is an imprecise solution to malaria.”
The WHO’s decision Thursday to declare H1N1 (swine) flu a pandemic will “speed the production of a vaccine against the new virus,” however scientists continue to caution that “it will be fall at the earliest before the first doses are available,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Tuesday opened a $600 million plant in Singapore that is slated to begin producing vaccines to fight pneumonia-causing bacteria in 2011, Reuters reports.
The AP/Washington Post examines attempts to create a live vaccine and mutant mosquitoes to fight malaria.
Uganda on Saturday launched a three-day polio and measles immunization campaign, Possy Mugyenyi, the country’s immunization manager, said, UGPulse.com reports.
A meeting of the WHO’s emergency committee held Friday to discuss the H1N1 (swine) flu ended without a pandemic declaration, but experts concluded that declarations would now be based upon the severity and transmission pattern of a virus, Reuters reports.
To reduce an estimated half million deaths and two million hospitalizations from diarrhea caused by rotavirus each year, the WHO on Friday recommended that oral rotavirus vaccines be added to national childhood immunization programs, broadening access to the vaccine in the developing world, Reuters reports.
A new two-year trial to test a tuberculosis vaccine aimed at boosting the efficacy of the BCG vaccine is scheduled to begin soon in South Africa, IRIN reports.
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