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Trump Administration Asks NIH Director Francis Collins To Stay On At Least Temporarily

Nature: NIH director Francis Collins staying on — for now “On the eve of his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump has decided to retain Francis Collins as director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) — at least temporarily. Collins has been ‘held over by the Trump administration,’ NIH spokesperson…

CEPI Aims To Advance Vaccine Candidates, Develop Platforms To Accelerate R&D, But Needs More Investment

The Lancet: CEPI — a new global R&D organization for epidemic preparedness and response John-Arne Røttingen, interim chief executive officer of CEPI, and colleagues representing governments and foundations who are investing in CEPI “…[The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)] has two main objectives: to advance vaccine candidates against priority…

Baker Institute Releases Policy Recommendations For Trump Administration, Including Briefs On Global Health, Science

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy: Recommendations for the New Administration “The Baker Institute has released policy recommendations for President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Focusing on a range of important issues facing the country, these briefs are intended to provide decision-makers with relevant and effective ideas for addressing domestic and…

Blog Post Examines Potential Impacts Of Trump Administration On Emerging, Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases In U.S., Globally

BioMed Central’s “BugBitten”: The future of emerging infectious diseases in the Trump era Krisztian Magori, editor at BugBitten and assistant professor of biostatistics in the Department of Biology at Eastern Washington University, writes, “Today marks the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. At…

Most XDR-TB Cases Spread From Person-To-Person, Study Shows

NPR: Why Is Extensively Drug-Resistant TB On The Rise? “One of the big questions about extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis [XDR-TB] is whether this severe form of the disease is on the rise due to a failure of medications or if it’s spreading through the air. A new study of more than…

22 Pharmaceutical Companies Launch Initiative To Advance Access To NCD Prevention, Care

Devex: Pharmaceutical companies launch new initiative to tackle NCDs “A group of 22 pharmaceutical companies have announced a new initiative aimed at tackling noncommunicable diseases and better assessing their individual, and collective, work to enable better access to care in developing countries. The new initiative, called Access Accelerated, will work…

World Not Yet Prepared To Address Future Ebola Outbreaks, Report Says

STAT: We’re not prepared for future Ebola outbreaks, experts warn “Despite recent headlines declaring the success of an experimental Ebola vaccine, the world is not fully prepared for future epidemics — and not in position to use vaccines to prevent another deadly outbreak, a report published Tuesday warned. The report…

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