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Virus-Sharing Draft Agreement Very Close; U.S. Yet To Formally Approve, Reuters Reports

A draft agreement that would ensure countries would share virus samples in exchange for access to affordable vaccines derived from such samples in the event of a pandemic is nearly complete, senior diplomats told Reuters on Thursday. “Consensus has been reached across all regions, including Indonesia which three years ago stopped sharing influenza samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), but the United States has yet to give formal approval, they said,” according to the news service.

China Releases First Report On Foreign Aid

China on Thursday released its first report on the country’s investment in foreign aid over the past few decades and its impact on developing countries, noting that “its rise as an aid donor is a good development at a time when the global financial crisis is straining most other countries’ spending,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.

Also In Global Health News: Nuclear Accidents; Measles Outbreak In Europe; Funding Shortfall In Zimbabwe; Drinking Water In Pakistan; Agricultural Development In S. Asia

World Must Prepare For More Nuclear Accidents, U.N. Secretary-General Says The world must prepare for more major nuclear accidents, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday at a Kiev conference marking the explosion of a reactor at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear reactor 25 years ago, the Associated Press reports. “To many,…

U.N. Agencies Begin Deploying Humanitarian Aid In Western Region Of Libya

U.N. agencies have begun providing humanitarian assistance in the western region of Libya for the first time since civil unrest began in February, following an April 17 agreement between the organization and the Libyan government to allow a “humanitarian corridor,” Bloomberg reports (Varner, 4/19).

Also In Global Health News: Brazil Air Fee For UNITAID; East Africa Community And Agriculture; WFP Uses Social Media To Raise Funds; Cancer In Latin America, Caribbean; Calls For Transparency, Accountability

Brazil Senate Approves Air Travel Fee To Be Donated To UNITAID Brazil’s Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to allow the transfer of $1 million a year for 20 years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Xinhua/People’s Daily reports. Under the measure, air travelers leaving Brazil will…

Rate Of Antiretroviral Virological Failure Higher Among Children Living With HIV/AIDS Than Adults, Study Finds

One in eight children living with HIV/AIDS “experiences triple-class virological failure – meaning the virus becomes resistant to multiple drugs – within five years of starting antiretroviral treatment,” according to a study published Wednesday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/MSN reports. The “failure rate is higher than in adults and highlights the challenge of maintaining viral load suppression in young patients who begin antiretroviral therapy so early in life, the researchers said,” according to the news service (Preidt, 4/19).

U.N. General Assembly Passes Resolution Urging Renewed Efforts To Fight Malaria

Ahead of World Malaria Day on April 25, the U.N. General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution urging governments, U.N. agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private foundations to accelerate their efforts and build upon established successes in the fight against the disease, particularly in Africa, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports.

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Will Health Ministers Come Up With A Solution For Smallpox Virus?: When health ministers gather for the World Health Assembly in May they will try to come up with a solution to “a dilemma that has dogged decision-makers for decades – whether and when to destroy the last remaining stocks of…