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Vaccine Development Expensive But Worthy Of Investment From Congress

“During the last three decades, the biopharmaceutical industry has invested significantly in new and improved vaccines,” and “[t]he collaborative efforts of the [CDC], [the WHO], national governments and industry have led to major progress in addressing global immunization goals and reducing illness and death due to vaccine-preventable diseases,” Jim Greenwood,…

Editorials Address China’s Response To Emergence Of H7N9 Bird Flu Strain

The following is a summary of editorials addressing China’s response to the emergence of a new strain of bird flu, H7N9. Bloomberg Businessweek: “The H7N9 strain contains gene sequences that make it relatively effective, for a bird virus, at infecting humans and other mammals,” Bloomberg writes. However, “[t]his is no reason to…

U.K., International Community Should Follow Africa’s Lead On Efforts To Stop FGM

“Last month the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) announced that £35 million [$53.3 million] would be provided to help eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa and elsewhere,” Efua Dorkenoo, advocacy director of the FGM program for Equality Now, writes in the Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network.” She continues,…

World Must Be Better Prepared For Potential Pandemics

“In China an influenza virus never before seen in people had, as The Economist went to press, infected at least 82 and killed 17. Meanwhile a new type of coronavirus, the family that brought severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), is festering in the Middle East,” an editorial in the magazine…

Britain To ‘Stand Together’ With Other Stakeholders To Eradicate Polio

“[V]accinations play a huge part in deciding a country’s long-term health,” and “[t]he more healthy a population, the better able it is to contribute to and benefit from economic development,” British Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening writes in an Independent opinion piece. “Britain will not stand on…

U.S. Supreme Court Should Overturn ‘Misguided’ Anti-Prostitution Pledge Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will hear a case, AOSI v. USAID, that “will decide the fate of the anti-prostitution pledge,” a law barring funding for groups that work on HIV/AIDS prevention but do not have a policy opposing prostitution and sex trafficking, Chi Mgbako, a clinical associate professor…

Blog Posts Address Goal Of Universal Immunization

World Immunization Week (April 21-28) aims to raise awareness that immunizations avert two to three million deaths annually, but an estimated 22 million infants are not fully immunized with routine vaccines. The following blog posts address childhood immunizations. Seth Berkley, Project Syndicate: “[B]y avoiding illness, infants have a greater chance…

Three Steps To Eliminating NTDs

In a post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) editor-in-chief Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, reviews progress being made…