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Some Scientists Question Results Of Recent HIV Vaccine Clinical Trial

Weeks after clinical trial results showed an experimental HIV vaccine offered some potential protection against the virus, “a second analysis of the $105 million study, not disclosed publicly, suggests the results may have been a fluke, according to AIDS scientists who have seen it,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The second analysis, which is considered a vital component of any vaccine study, shows the results weren’t statistically significant, these scientists said,” suggesting that the “results could have been due to chance and that the vaccine may not be effective,” the newspaper writes.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Comment Examines Efforts To Subsidize ACTs A Lancet comment examines an Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) program to help countries procure subsidized artemisinin-based combination treatments (ACTs). The authors write though it is worth celebrating the recent advances in malaria prevention, “these successes cannot hide the fact that close…

VOA News Examines U.S. Global Health Funding

VOA News examines how the recession will be a factor in U.S. funding decisions about PEPFAR and other global health initiatives. According to VOA, the Obama administration’s proposed funding for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in 2010 is “higher than the current fiscal year. However, the proposed increase is lower than in some years past.”

Also In Global Health News: Carter Promotes Malaria Eradication; India To Educate Tribal Populations About HIV/AIDS; WFP Feels Impact Of Global Recession

Carter Visits Haiti, Dominican Republic To Promote Efforts To Eradicate Malaria Former President Jimmy Carter is traveling to Haiti and the Dominican Republic in hopes of encouraging the country “leaders to forge a pact to rid the island of Hispaniola of malaria,” the Associated Press/Los Angeles Times reports. “An estimated…

Also In Global Health News: U.S. Aid To Somalia; Nigerian Health Workers Strike; Male Circumcision In Swaziland; PEPFAR In Uganda

U.S. Government Adjusts Aid Terms To Groups Seeking Humanitarian Grants In Somalia The U.S. State and Treasury departments together with USAID have reached an agreement that will allow several aid agencies in Somalia to receive humanitarian grants upon meeting several conditions, “unlock[ing] millions of dollars in relief resources that had…

Reuters Examines Health Effects Of Climate Change in Africa

Reuters examines how floods, droughts and rising temperatures, thought to be caused by climate change, are compromising African farm lands and leading to health problems for already vulnerable populations – a topic discussed at the “first pan-African climate hearings.”

MSF Calls On Drug Companies To Pool HIV Patents

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) recently launched an e-mail campaign calling on nine of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to “release their patents on specific HIV drugs into a collective pool that will increase access and affordability to treatment in developing countries,” Inter Press Service reports.