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Philippines Threatens To Sue Sanofi Over Dengue Vaccine

Financial Times: Philippines threatens Sanofi with legal action over dengue vaccine “The Philippines plans to sue Sanofi over its dengue fever vaccine in response to the French drugmaker’s warning that the drug could lead to severe infections in some cases, the country’s health secretary said on Thursday. … [Francisco Duque,…

WHO Supports Decision By Philippines To Halt Dengue Vaccine Use Amid Safety Concerns

NPR: Vaccine Safety Concerns Shut Down Immunization Campaign In Philippines “The world’s only vaccine against dengue has hit a roadblock, and this complication is causing some countries to restrict use of the vaccine. Sanofi Pasteur, the French company that manufactures the shot, raised new safety concerns last week about the…

Global Efforts To Address HIV/AIDS Making Progress, Ending AIDS By 2030 May Prove Difficult; HIV-Positive Youth Need More Support From Governments, Report Says

Devex: Global fight against HIV/AIDS moves toward feasible targets, UNAIDS finds “Without a vaccine or a cure for HIV/AIDS, it could prove difficult to end the epidemic by 2030, according to Simon Bland, the director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS New York office. But UNAIDS is still…

Philippines Government Suspends, Launches Investigation Into Nation’s Dengue Immunization Program After Sanofi Warns Vaccine Could Make Some Infections More Severe

CIDRAP News: Sanofi restricts dengue vaccine but downplays antibody enhancement “…The company said a new analysis shows that, for dengue-naive recipients, the vaccine makes future dengue episodes more severe. According to a press release from Sanofi, vaccination should not be recommended to people who have not been infected by dengue…

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New Typhoid Vaccine Could Help Reduce Threats Posed By Antimicrobial Resistance

STAT: A new vaccine against typhoid fever will also help fight antimicrobial resistance Seth Berkely, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…Until relatively recently, antibiotics were a major part of the solution in the fight against typhoid fever. … But through the widespread overuse and misuse of antibiotics, the typhoid-causing…

Investment In R&D For New TB Vaccines Critical To Ending Epidemic

The Hill: Tuberculosis epidemic desperately needs new vaccination strategies José Luis Castro, executive director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease “…To defeat the TB epidemic, we need nothing short of a research-and-development revolution. … Currently, investment in TB research and development — especially in vaccines — is…

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