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News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Vaccine Research

CIDRAP: Data request slows timetable for Ebola vaccine trial (Roos, 12/18). Nature: How do you test an Ebola vaccine? (Callaway, 12/18). Reuters: China approves experimental Ebola vaccine for clinical trials (Jourdan, 12/18). Reuters: GSK Ebola vaccine trial seen moving to wider phase in February (Miles, 12/19).

Scientists To Resume MERS Research Previously Halted By NIH

NPR: NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned “Some researchers who study the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome got an early Christmas present: permission to resume experiments that the federal government abruptly halted in October…” (Greenfieldboyce, 12/18).

Experimental Blood Cell Transplants To Treat HIV Fail, Researchers Report

Associated Press: A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection “Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as ‘the Berlin patient’ have failed, and all six patients died…”…

USAID Grants $10M To DNDi For NTD Drug R&D

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative: DNDi Receives US$ 10 Million from USAID to Develop New Drugs for Neglected Filaria Patients “The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has been awarded US$ 10 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop new treatments for onchocerciasis (river blindness)…

USAID Using ‘Grand Challenges’ Approach To Find Innovative Solutions To Global Crises

Devex: USAID’s grand challenges — a model for speeding up the pipeline in global crises “…The U.S. aid agency’s grand challenges approach represent[s] organizationwide and lately even governmentwide efforts to institutionalize innovation, part of what USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah called in a statement on Friday a ‘new model of development…

Discovery Of Antibodies Effective Against All Dengue Strains Holds Vaccine Promise, Study Says

Bloomberg News: Mosquito-Borne Dengue Targeted by Antibody With Hope for Vaccine “Scientists have discovered new antibodies that neutralize viruses that cause dengue, potentially putting a universal vaccine within reach for a mosquito-borne illness that strikes an estimated 400 million people a year. The antibodies are effective against all four dengue…

FY15 Compromise Spending Bill Includes $5.4B In Ebola Funding, $300M Increase For PEPFAR

The Hill: Ebola funding in ‘cromnibus’ falls just short of Obama request “The $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled Tuesday night includes nearly all of President Obama’s massive $6.2 billion emergency funding request to fight the Ebola outbreak. Lawmakers have agreed to spend $5.4 billion on Ebola treatment and prevention measures…

U.S. Government Spending Compromise Includes Flat Funding For NIH Research

ScienceInsider: First look: New U.S. spending deal a mixed bag for science “NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) appear to be among the winners — relatively speaking — in a spending deal reached Tuesday night by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with both agencies receiving…