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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…

News Outlets Look At Ethics, Effectiveness Of Various Malaria Prevention Methods

The Economist: Malaria: The biter bit “…Mosquitoes do not tend to fly far from the place they hatch, and experiments suggest that if most of a village’s inhabitants were to take ivermectin they could collectively do serious damage to the local Anopheles population. That would substantially reduce the number of…

Researchers Say Zika Vaccine Could Be Available By 2018, NYT Reports

New York Times: The Race for a Zika Vaccine “…Perhaps never before have so many companies and government organizations worked so quickly to develop a vaccine from scratch. Vaccines usually take a decade or more to develop. But researchers say a Zika vaccine could be available as early as 2018,…

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