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China Confirms New H7N9 Infection In Zhejiang Province

“China confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu on Wednesday, the second infection reported in October after a summer lull,” Reuters reports. “A 67-year-old farmer in Jiaxing city in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been hospitalized with the virus, the official Xinhua news…

SciDev.Net Profiles New Director Of U.K. Charity Wellcome Trust

As Jeremy Farrar assumes his new position as director of the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest funders of biomedical research, “hopes have been raised that his experience of science in Southeast Asia may advance the trust’s activities in developing nations,” SciDev.Net reports. “Farrar is recognized as a leading…

Devex Examines Implications Of WHO Pre-Approval For Chinese-Manufactured Vaccine

“The first-ever pre-approval by the [WHO] of a Chinese-manufactured vaccine has ‘opened the door’ for Chinese producers to supply low-cost drugs and vaccines to developing countries, according to Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH,” Devex reports. “Davis hopes the approval of a low-cost, easy to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccine…

G33 Group Pushes To Re-Open WTO Talks On Food Subsidy Rules

“The combined effects of the global economic slowdown and increasing climatic shocks are threatening food security in developing countries, prompting many to re-open World Trade Organization (WTO) discussions on limits to support for farmers,” IRIN reports. “A group of developing countries — known as G33 — is asking to exceed…

Two Studies Show Oral Cholera Vaccine Effective In India, Guinea

“A study released [Friday in The Lancet] shows that an oral cholera vaccine made in India is the first such vaccine to offer significant protection for five years, while another new report says the vaccine was well-accepted in an immunization campaign last year in the African country of Guinea,” CIDRAP…

China Confirms First H7N9 Case Since August

“China has confirmed a new case of the H7N9 bird flu, state media said, the country’s first report since August of human infection with a virus that has so far afflicted 135 people,” Reuters reports. “China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said 45 people had died from the virus,…

News Outlets Report On Outbreaks Of Dengue In India, Cambodia

Two news outlets examine outbreaks of dengue fever in India and Cambodia. An outbreak of dengue fever in India “has killed more than 100 people, inundated hospitals with patients and triggered school closures” since February, BBC News reports. “The government says 109 Indians have died from the tropical illness in…

U.S. Should Maintain Funding For Successful Public Health Programs In Afghanistan

“[F]inanced largely by American foreign aid, [Afghanistan's public health care system] has produced the most rapid increase in life expectancy observed anywhere on the planet,” Justin Sandefur, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, writes in an Atlantic opinion piece. “In terms of lives saved, it is as…

Asia-Pacific Countries Form Alliance To Reduce Malaria

“Asia-Pacific leaders gathered in Brunei for the East Asia Summit on Friday endorsed the creation of an alliance to combat malaria” focused on reducing deaths and infections and preventing the spread of drug-resistant malaria, the Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time” blog reports. “The Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance, or…

UNITAID Director Urges Japan To Implement Levies To Support Organization

Denis Broun, executive director of UNITAID, on Tuesday urged Japan “to introduce a so-called ‘solidarity levy,’ such as a small tax on airline ticket purchases,” to help support the organization’s goal of improving “access in low-income countries to diagnostics and treatments for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis,” Kyodo News International/GlobalPost reports.…