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GSK’s Malaria Vaccine Loses Efficacy Over Several Years Among Kenyan Children, Study Shows; Researchers To Test 4 Dose Regimen

Agence France-Presse: Malaria vaccine loses effectiveness over several years: study “An experimental vaccine against malaria known as Mosquirix — or RTS,S — weakens over time and is only about four percent effective over a seven-year span, researchers said Wednesday…” (6/29). The Guardian: Malaria vaccine study raises questions about effectiveness and…

Government-Backed Funding Initiatives Help Spur Antibiotic Research

Bloomberg: There’s Big Money Again in Saving Humanity With Antibiotics “…With the planet on the brink of losing its miracle cures for bacterial diseases, research incentives from governments are spurring drugmakers to renew efforts to fight antimicrobial resistance and replenish the arsenal of infection-fighting drugs. Giants such as Roche Holding…

Researchers Identify Potential Link Between Dengue Exposure, Severity Of Zika Infection; Studies Provide Insight Into Possible Vaccine Strategies

The Atlantic: A Surprising Link Between Zika and Dengue “…New research shows that certain dengue antibodies can either neutralize Zika — or help it replicate. The findings, published in two separate papers on Thursday, may be a crucial step toward developing a vaccine for Zika…” (LaFrance, 6/23). Reuters: Previous exposure…

GAVI Offers Up To $27.5M In Matching Funds To Support Malaria Vaccine Research

Reuters: GAVI alliance offers matched funds for GSK malaria vaccine pilot “The GAVI global vaccine alliance has offered funding of up to $27.5 million for pilot tests of GlaxoSmithKline’s first-generation malaria vaccine, but only if other organizations promise to match that commitment…” (Kelland, 6/23).

U.S. Military’s Walter Reed Research Institute Working To Develop Zika Vaccine

Wired: Inside the U.S. Army Lab Racing to Create a Zika Vaccine “…Today, the military maintains one of the biggest, smartest and most robust communicable disease-fighting labs in the country. Before Zika came along, there was Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya, and West Nile. Today [the Walter Reed Army Institute of…

Southeast Asian Strain Of Drug-Resistant Malaria Has Not Yet Spread Out Of Region, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria strain confined to Asia: scientists “A parasite resistant to the top anti-malaria drug is confined to Southeast Asia and has not yet spread to sub-Saharan Africa as feared, said researchers Wednesday. … An international consortium supported by the World Health Organization conducted the research in 59…

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