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Opinion Pieces, Letter To Editor Address Zika Virus Response

New York Times: Room for Debate: How to Stop the Spread of Zika Multiple authors “The World Health Organization is warning that the Zika virus, believed to cause brain abnormalities in infants, is ‘spreading explosively’ in the Americas, and that four million people could become infected by the end of…

Ebola Outbreak Highlights U.K.’s, WHO’s Needs For Emergency Response Reform

The Lancet: Ebola’s legacy: U.K. deficits and their global lessons Editorial Board “[A] report on the U.K.’s lessons from Ebola … published this week by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee … found surprising weaknesses in the U.K.’s application of science to global health emergencies. It makes important…

Editorial, Letters To Editor, Opinion Pieces Address Zika Virus Response

New York Times: Zika Virus Requires an Urgent Response Editorial Board “…It is imperative that the World Health Organization not repeat its sluggish response to the Ebola crisis and act urgently this time to mobilize international action [against Zika virus]. … Regrettably … the World Health Organization seems, once again,…

As WHO Predicts Spread Of Zika Throughout Americas, News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Virus, Vector Control

Associated Press: Health minister: Brazil is ‘losing battle’ against mosquito (Barchfield, 1/26). Associated Press: U.N.: Zika virus link to babies’ small heads ‘circumstantial’ (Keaten, 1/26). Associated Press: U.S. Virgin Islands Reports Its First Zika Virus Case (1/22). Broadly: As Zika Virus Spreads, Women Warned Against Pregnancy but Denied Family Planning…

U.K. Vulnerable To Disease Outbreaks, Commons Science Committee Report Says

News outlets discuss findings of a report from the U.K.’s Commons Science Committee on lessons from the Ebola outbreak. BBC News: U.K. is ‘vulnerable’ to next Ebola outbreak “The U.K. is vulnerable to epidemics such as Ebola because of a gaping hole in the country’s ability to manufacture vaccines, a…

WHO, Public Health Experts Call For Action To Address Emerging Disease Threats

International Business Times: How To Stop The Next Ebola Epidemic: Invest In Basic Public Health, Not Just Vaccines, Experts Say “…[P]ublic health experts say that [vaccine research and development] efforts, while important, are overshadowing less glamorous but equally vital work, like creating basic health care infrastructure that could go much…

WHO Director General Discusses Agency’s Commitment To Managing Health Emergencies

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: WHO DG Chan: Organization is ‘determined to change’ Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses WHO Director-General Margaret Chan’s Monday address to the agency’s executive board about the agency’s commitment to governance and leadership reform, as well as creating a…

Blog Provides Overview Of 8 Emerging Diseases, Accompanying R&D Efforts

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Major R&D gaps exist for eight pathogens most likely to cause next epidemic Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, provides “an overview of the eight diseases [identified by a WHO expert panel as the pathogens that are most likely to cause the next major epidemic]…

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