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4 Recommendations To Help U.S., World Better Prepare For, Respond To Epidemics

U.S. News & World Report: Responding to the Next Ebola Jonathan Fielding, distinguished professor of public health and pediatrics at UCLA “…Here are several high priority recommendations [on how to be better prepared for future disease epidemics]: First, the U.S. must help the World Health Organization and countries with limited…

New Dengue Vaccine Could Protect People From Disease If Targeted Accurately

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Dengue vaccine no silver bullet but worth a shot for those who need it most Stefan Flasche, assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s department of infectious disease epidemiology “…A new London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine-led study published in the journal…

Large Clinical Trial Of Experimental HIV Vaccine Begins In South Africa

The Guardian: HIV vaccine test hopes for breakthrough in combat against the virus “The first new trial of a potential vaccine against HIV in seven years has begun in South Africa, raising hopes that it will help bring about the end of the epidemic. … The vaccine being tested is…

Blog Post Examines Continuing Challenges, Questions Surrounding Zika

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Zika: An emergency evolves into an enduring public health threat with long-term demands Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses questions and challenges around Zika research, funding, and response, writing, “[U]nknowns include the capacity of countries with fewer resources than Brazil…

More Innovative Financial Models Needed For Vaccine, Drug Development

Fortune: Urgently Needed: A New Financial Model for Vaccine Development Clifton Leaf, deputy editor of Fortune “…While there’s, sadly, an enormous ready market for an HIV vaccine, and therefore an incentive for drugmakers to pursue decades worth of investment here, there are scores of infectious diseases for which there is…

Grand Challenges Africa To Fund Research Aimed At Improving Maternal, Newborn Health

The Guardian: Innovations fund aims to save women and newborn babies in Africa “Public health experts in East Africa have hailed an initiative that will fund research on the continent in the hope of fostering African innovation. The $7m (£5.7m) Grand Challenges Africa innovation seed grants program — funded by…

Infants Born To Zika-Infected Mothers Can Develop Microcephaly Months After Birth, Study Shows

CQ HealthBeat: CDC: Zika-infected Infants Can Develop Microcephly Outside Womb “[Some] infants in Brazil who were born infected with the Zika virus, but had not yet developed microcephaly, later experienced slow head growth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday…” (Siddons, 11/22). New York Times: Microcephaly Found…

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