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Experimental Chikungunya Vaccine Shows Success In Trials; DoD Funding Will Help Predict Outbreaks

Media outlets examine research toward a chikungunya vaccine. Bloomberg News: Vaccine for Mosquito-Borne Virus Shows Promise in Tests “A novel vaccine developed by U.S. government researchers is showing promise against chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne virus that started spreading this summer in the southern U.S…” (Cortez, 8/14). Reuters: Experimental chikungunya vaccine…

Companies, Governments Rush To Test Ebola Drugs, Vaccine; U.S. Government Funds Company To Advance Experimental Drug

News outlets report on the activities of drug companies and governments to speed up research and development on Ebola drugs and vaccines, including the U.S. government’s funding of a pharmaceutical company to further development on a particular experimental drug. The Hill: Governments scramble to develop Ebola drugs “Governments and drugmakers…

Coverage Continues On U.N. Panel’s Endorsement To Use Untested Ebola Drugs

News outlets continue coverage on the U.N.’s endorsement of and ethics around the use of untested Ebola drugs. Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N.: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak “The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West…

WHO Panel Says It Is Ethical To Use Experimental Ebola Drugs

News outlets report on a statement from the WHO that a panel has reached consensus that it is ethical to offer experimental treatment as prevention for Ebola. Associated Press: U.N.: It’s ethical to try untested Ebola medicines “The World Health Organization declared Tuesday that it’s ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines…

News Outlets Continue To Discuss Ethical Issues Related To Experimental Ebola Treatment

News outlets discuss the debates surrounding experimental Ebola drugs. Associated Press: Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug “Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus…” (Giles/Cheng, 8/11). BBC News: Resolving the ethics of…

Resolving Differences Around Research Essential To Finding Ebola Vaccine

Huffington Post: We’ll Never Find an Ebola Vaccine Without Taking Some Risks Connor Bamford, postdoctoral researcher, and Andrew Shaw, postdoctoral scientist at the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow “The current West African Ebola virus outbreak, which has now reached more than 1,000 cases and resulted in…

Global Health Researchers, Workers Should Co-Produce Knowledge With Local Communities

Forbes: Why Global Health Researchers Should Climb Down From the Ivory Tower Carmen Nobel, senior editor of Harvard Business School Working Knowledge “… [T]here’s a dearth of co-production in the public health sector, which often depends entirely on faraway academics and organizations to solve local problems. This frustrates [Nava] Ashraf…

Treatment For Hepatitis C Effective For People With HIV/HCV Co-infection, Researchers Say

AIDS.gov: Researchers Find Hepatitis C Cures Effective for People Living with HIV/HCV Coinfection – Reports from AIDS 2014 Michelle Moses-Eisenstein, public health analyst, and Corinna Dan, viral hepatitis policy adviser at the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provide a…

Antibiotic Resistance Poses Dangerous Health Threat

CNN’s “Global Public Square”: Time to act on the ‘other’ health crisis Tracey Guise, CEO of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Laura Piddock, director of Antibiotic Action and professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham “It’s not surprising that international attention has been focused on the ongoing…