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Doctors Call For Stronger Regulations For New Vaccines In India

Inter Press Service: Doctors Resist Deadly Vaccine “A spate of sudden infant deaths following vaccination in India has prompted leading pediatricians to call for stronger regulatory mechanisms to evaluate new vaccines for safety and efficacy before their acceptance into the national immunization program…” (Devraj, 2/8).

Global Fund Accepts Panel’s Recommendations To Reprimand Mosquito Net Suppliers

“The Global Fund has accepted recommendations of its Sanctions Panel to reprimand two international suppliers of mosquito nets and to set mandatory terms for continued engagement in the future. … On 14 November, 2013, the Global Fund announced that it had suspended the contracts of the two suppliers after an…

Chinese Poultry Industry’s Desire To Drop ‘Bird’ Or ‘Avian’ From Flu Reporting Is ‘Madness’

Bloomberg’s “The Ticker”: China Pretends Bird Flu Doesn’t Exist Adam Minter, a Shanghai-based contributor to Bloomberg View “…According to a Feb. 4 report by Xinhua, China’s state-owned newswire, poultry companies and associations in Guangdong province, home to a significant percentage of China’s most recent H7N9 bird flu infections, are proposing…

High Rate Of TB Among Indian Weavers’ Villages

Associated Press: Weavers’ villages in India suffer TB epidemic “This cluster of poor villages, long known for its colorful silk saris, now is known for something else: tuberculosis. Nearly half of Lohata’s population has it — some 100,000 people — and the community’s weaving tradition is part of the reason…

U.S. Donates Therapeutic Food To Pakistan To Aid Malnourished Children

NNI/Frontier Post: U.S. donates 1,330 metric tons of therapeutic food supplies to Pak children “The United States will donate 1,330 metric tons of therapeutic food supplies to more than 80,000 acutely malnourished children in Pakistan. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Nancy Estes presented the food shipment…

U.N. To Support Myanmar In Tackling Malnutrition

Two news outlets report on Myanmar’s partnership with the U.N. to combat malnutrition in the country. Bangkok Post: Myanmar to tackle malnutrition with U.N. “Myanmar on Thursday joined a United Nations program to improve nutrition in a country where one-third of children under five have stunted growth…” (2/6). DVB: U.N.…

Gilead To License New Hepatitis C Drug To Indian Generic Drug Manufacturers

Reuters: Gilead to license hepatitis C drug to lower-cost manufacturers in India “Gilead Sciences plans to license its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to a number of Indian generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, allowing for lower-priced sales of the medication in that developing nation, according to the company…” (Beasley, 2/6).

New Bird Flu Strain Related To Older Strains; Number Of H7N9 Cases Rising

News outlets report on several strains of avian influenza, including a study published in The Lancet showing a recently identified strain is related to two older flu strains. Al Jazeera: Fatal new bird flu strain worries scientists “A new strain of the bird flu virus has proven fatal for the…