News outlets in several countries recently reported on new cases of polio, including in places where the disease is not endemic.
11 West African Countries To Partake In Polio Vaccination Campaign; Benin Campaign Postponed Due to Health Worker Strike
A health workers’ strike has caused Benin to indefinitely delay a polio vaccination campaign, part of a regional effort taking place in several West African countries, IRIN reports.
By using samples of the H5N1 (avian flu) virus obtained from Egypt, CDC scientists have developed a virus sample critical to the production of a bird flu vaccine, the WHO said Thursday, Reuters reports.
The WHO on Thursday released details about the three H1N1 (swine flu) virus samples sent to drug makers this week for use in the development of an H1N1 vaccine.
Bangladesh Interventions Help To Reduce Child Mortality Rate; Global Health Specialists Discuss Child Mortality at Conference
Global health specialists on Tuesday at the Global Health Council 2009 conference in Washington, D.C., hailed the success of Bangladesh’s oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and immunization programs, which have played a major role in reducing the country’s child mortality rate, the New Nation reports.
Scientists on Tuesday kicked off a Phase III clinical trial of a malaria vaccine â€“ the final stage in pre-approval testing â€“ in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, Nature News reports.
Vaccine makers on Wednesday began receiving H1N1 (swine flu) virus seed strains, a key ingredient for producing an H1N1 vaccine, the Canadian Press/Google.com reports.
Also in Global Health News: Pakistan Polio Vaccine Effort; New GHC President; Tanzania Expanding RDTs; HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial; Thailand HIV Effort
Pakistan Launches Polio Vaccine Effort Pakistani health officials on WednesdayÂ announced a three-dayÂ nationwideÂ anti-polio vaccination campaign targeting theÂ children ofÂ internally displaced persons (IDPs)Â camps, theÂ News InternationalÂ reports. The announcment was made at a UNICEF-sponsored ceremony held at a Peshawar schoolÂ (Mahmood, News International, 5/28). Altaf Bosan, who leads the expanded immunization program,Â said that targeting…
Recent outbreaks in Africa and Latin America have diminished the supply of yellow fever vaccines, the WHO said on Tuesday. The current emergency supply will run out by 2010, and there is no funding to continue subsequent immunization campaigns, Reuters reports.
The U.S. government on Friday announced it had placed orders for enough H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines to immunize 20 million people, the Washington Post reports.