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WHO Panel Declares End To Zika As International Public Health Emergency; Agency Will Shift To Long-Term Strategy

CNN: WHO ends Zika public health emergency “The Zika virus outbreak and related clusters of microcephaly are no longer a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said Friday…” (Goldschmidt, 11/18). Deutsche Welle: WHO ends Zika global health emergency, moves to long-term response “…But the United Nations…

With Funding Secured, Malaria Vaccine Pilots Set To Begin In Africa In 2018, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says funds secured for Africa pilots of world’s first malaria vaccine “Funding for phase one of pilot deployments of the world’s first malaria vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa has been secured and immunization campaigns will begin in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Kelland, 11/17). U.N.…

Puerto Rico Expects 1K Fewer Births In 2016 Due In Part To Zika Virus, Official Says

Wall Street Journal: Puerto Rico Births Projected to Decline “Puerto Rico is expecting about 1,000 fewer babies to be born this year than originally forecast, due in part to the Zika virus, a government official said Thursday. … Birth data offer potential clues about how women of childbearing age across…

Closing Gaps In Measles Vaccination Coverage Should Be Priority For Governments, Particularly In U.S.

The Lancet: Measles vaccination: global progress, local challenges Editorial Board “On Nov. 10, 2016, Progress Toward Regional Measles Elimination — Worldwide, 2000-2015, was published jointly by UNICEF, WHO, Gavi, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The publication reports on progress made towards achieving U.N. Millennium Development Goal…

Some Civil Society Groups, Experts Push For China To Allow Single Women To Give Birth

New York Times: With Fertility Rate in China Low, Some Press to Legalize Births Outside Marriage “…Last week, three civil society groups in the southern city of Guangzhou issued a report calling for greater reproductive freedom for single women to counter the country’s low fertility rate. The issue also affects…

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