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Health Authorities Prepare For Possible Zika Outbreak On Mainland Africa

Reuters: Back to its roots: how Zika may threaten Africa “…According to new data from Cape Verde’s health ministry, more than 7,000 cases of Zika have been recorded in the country since the beginning of the epidemic in October 2015 … Regional health officials told Reuters they were most worried…

WHO Speculates On Timelines For Experimental Zika Vaccine, Conclusions On Possible Links To Microcephaly, Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Associated Press: WHO: possible Zika vaccines months away from broad trials “The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials. WHO assistant director-general for health systems and innovation Marie-Paule Kieny says the U.N. health agency’s response is ‘proceeding very quickly’ and 15…

Brazil, University Of Texas Sign Agreement To Develop Zika Vaccine

Associated Press: Brazil, Texas state hospital reach deal on Zika vaccine “Brazil has signed an agreement with a Texas research hospital to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country’s health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12…

UNICEF, WHO Scale Up Response To Lassa Fever Outbreak In Benin

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies boost efforts to prevent further spread of Lassa fever in Benin “Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benin, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of…

GHTC Blog Posts Discuss Global Health R&D Funding In President’s FY17 Budget Request

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Global health R&D in the President’s FY17 budget request Courtney Carson, GHTC’s senior policy and advocacy associate, examines global health research and development (R&D) aspects of President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request (2/11). Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Ebola funding boost hides ongoing decline in…

Blog Posts Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika Response

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: From French Polynesia, to Brazil, through the Americas and in Cape Verde, Zika highlights need for speed in health threat response Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses CDC Director Tom Frieden’s remarks at a House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee…

Experts Say Zika Focus Must Remain On Disease’s Consequences, Surveillance, Prevention

VOA News: Expert: Focus on Zika’s Consequences, Not Disease Itself “… ‘The problem with the Zika virus is not the disease itself,’ Dr. Ronald Waldman told VOA’s ‘Straight Talk Africa’ on Wednesday. … Therefore, he said, the task ahead is to understand more about the consequences of the disease, notably…