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Media Outlets Examine How AIDS Vaccine Trial Results Will Shape Future Studies

As the AIDS vaccine conference continues in Paris this week, Reuters examines how recent trials are helping researchers better understand ways to develop a vaccine that offers people protection from HIV. Researchers involved in Merck’s AIDS vaccine trial, which was halted in 2007 after it was feared the vaccine raised study participants’ risk of infection, presented follow-up data from the trial during the conference on Tuesday.

EU Policies Threaten Developing Countries Drug Supplies, Report Says

A report, released Tuesday, from Oxfam International and Health Action International says the EU is putting big drug companies’ interests ahead of “millions of people” in developing countries who do not have access to essential medicines, Agence France-Presse reports (10/20).

Also In Global Health News: Asia-Pacific Reproductive Health; Developing Country Medical Waste Disposal; Draft Bill In Uganda; Diarrhea Deaths In China

China Calls For Asia-Pacific Countries To Focus On Reproductive Health “China has called on Asia-Pacific countries to attach greater importance to population and family planning and put more funds into the reproductive health and family planning programmes,” the Daily Times reports (10/19). Senior Chinese legislator Chen Zhili Sunday at the…

Innovative Financing For Global Health Issues Discussed At Nairobi Meeting

As more countries prepare to introduce a voluntary travel tax to help fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases worldwide, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID and a U.N. special advisor on innovative development financing said at a recent event in Nairobi, Kenya, that “the airline levy gives participating developing nations an opportunity to contribute to treatment in their countries rather than depending on handouts from the developed world,” the Standard reports. “Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Madagascar and Mauritius are applying the airline levy, while Benin, Burkina Faso and Kenya have said they will introduce it,” according to the Standard.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog, Editorial Address Unsafe Abortion In Developing Countries In light of a recent Guttmacher Institute report that indicated 70,000 women in developing countries die each year from unsafe abortion, a Lancet editorial outlines ways to reduce deaths, and says, “The current political climate is favourable, because the global-gag rule (the…

FDA Approves 100th Antiretroviral For PEPFAR

HHS recently announced the FDA’s 100th approval of an antiretroviral drug for PEPFAR, PharmTech.com reports. Seventy-one of the more than 100 drugs reviewed by FDA for PEPFAR were generic products. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement, “This milestone exemplifies the dedication, caring, and hard work of all who strive to better the lives of those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS” (10/15).