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Vaccines Hold Potential To Protect Against Drug Resistance

Project Syndicate: Vaccines Versus Superbugs Jim O’Neill, commercial secretary to the U.K. Treasury, honorary professor of economics at Manchester University, visiting research fellow at Bruegel, and chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. “…[W]e are not moving fast enough to develop the types of vaccines that could be used to…

World Must Come Together, Commit To Achieving SDGs

Huffington Post: Sustainable Development: Investing in the Future Susan Blumenthal, public health editor at the Huffington Post, senior fellow in health policy at New America, clinical professor at Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine, and senior policy and medical adviser at amfAR; and Jacob McAuliffe, fellow at New America…

Questions Persist In Mosquito Gene-Editing Debate

The Guardian: Should we wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth? Archie Bland, writer and commissioning editor for the Saturday Guardian “…Whatever the priorities, no scientist disputes that if the technology were to be perfected, the gene-drive plan [to alter the genetic code of male Aedes aegypti — the…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika

Huffington Post: The Zika Virus Is Hitting Poor Women The Hardest Julie Delahanty, executive director of Oxfam Canada “…The response of the international community [to the Zika virus] so far has been to tell women not to get pregnant. … Are you kidding me? It’s not as if many of…

Rapid Diagnostic Tests Should Be Used To Screen Patients For Ebola

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Testing for Ebola Ranus S. Dhillon, internist and health systems/policy specialist in developing countries; Devabhaktuni Srikrishna, founder of Patient Knowhow; and Robert F. Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University and member of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium “…Rapid tests should…

Ebola Outbreak Prompted Guineans To Make Progress On Campaign To End FGM

New York Times: Leveraging Ebola to Tackle FGM Liriel Higa, assistant to Nicholas Kristof and Charles Blow at the New York Times “The outbreak of Ebola [in Guinea] … seems to have led to surprising progress in the movement to curb female genital mutilation [FGM] in the poor West African…

Questions Remain About Power Africa’s Long-Term Development Implications

Devex: Power Africa: Deals or development? 5 questions for the U.S. government Dahlia Rockowitz, policy adviser at American Jewish World Service “…[M]issing among all the data-driven discussions of megawatts and connections, feasibility and financial closure, are concrete projections on how this increased energy access [from Power Africa] will help African…

International Regulations Needed For Gene-Editing Systems Used To Alter Disease-Carrying Vectors Such As Mosquitoes

The Guardian: Gene drives need global policing Matthew Cobb, professor of zoology at the University of Manchester “…Using [the gene-editing technique known as] CRISPR to combat disease-transmitting mosquitoes could have a massive health benefit for millions of people around the world, and would probably prove less ecologically destructive than our…