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MSF Accepts Pneumonia Vaccine Donation, Bending Own Policy; Group Still Advocates For Fair Pricing

Devex: MSF bends donation policy for pneumonia vaccine “After years of refusing vaccine handouts from big pharmaceutical companies, international medical humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières is bending its policy to accept donations of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. … ‘We are not asking for charity from big pharmaceutical companies, but for…

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MSF Urges Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline To Cut Pneumococcal Vaccine Prices For Children In Developing Countries

The Guardian: Pharmaceutical companies told to slash price of pneumococcal disease vaccine “Two giant pharmaceutical companies should lower the price of a new vaccine against pneumococcal disease that is needed by children in developing countries, but is unaffordable for some of their governments, say the volunteer doctors of Médecins Sans…

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Children With HIV At Higher Risk Of Death From Pneumonia, Study Shows

VOA News: HIV Kids Are High Risk for Pneumonia “A new study said HIV-positive children are much more likely to die from pneumonia than children who are not infected with the AIDS virus. … Researchers said deaths from pneumonia among HIV-positive children could be dramatically reduced by expanding current treatments.…

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Laurie Garrett Examines Several Global Health, Development Issues For 2015

Laurie Garrett’s Blog: Ahead In 2015: Viruses, Epidemics, and United Nations Haggling Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, in her blog features a three-part series on several global health and development issues for 2015. In part one, she discusses the Ebola epidemic; part…

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Scientists To Resume MERS Research Previously Halted By NIH

NPR: NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned “Some researchers who study the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome got an early Christmas present: permission to resume experiments that the federal government abruptly halted in October…” (Greenfieldboyce, 12/18).

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Egypt’s H5N1 Bird Flu 2014 Death Toll Reaches 7, Health Ministry Says

Reuters: Egyptian dies of H5N1 bird flu, bringing total to seven: health ministry “Another Egyptian has died of H5N1 bird flu, bringing the total number of deaths in Egypt from the virus to seven this year out of 14 identified cases, the health ministry said on Wednesday…” (Fahmy/Bushra, 12/3).

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More Funding For Detection Of Possible Zoonotic Diseases Needed, Animal Health Group Says

Reuters: Animal health body calls for more spending on disease detection “More money needs to be spent on detecting disease in domestic and wild animals, an intergovernmental group said on Wednesday, following a series of bird flu outbreaks and previous mutations of animal viruses into ones that can be passed…

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Plague Outbreak Kills 40 In Madagascar; WHO Warns Of Potential For Rapid Disease Spread In Capital

News outlets report on a plague outbreak in Madagascar, which has killed 40 people out of 119 cases. BBC News: Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40, says WHO “An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected almost 80 others, the World Health Organization has said. The WHO…

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MERS Source Remains Unknown, Leaving Concerns About Animal-Borne Diseases’ Spread Among Humans

Reuters: Saudi Arabia tackles MERS virus, still hunting source “Saudi Arabia has not yet traced the source of a mysterious camel virus, leaving many questions about a disease that has killed 346 people in the Kingdom. The lack of scientific evidence about how camels contract the virus, which causes an…

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Blog Post Examines Pneumonia Case Numbers, Mortality Rates, Spending

Humanosphere: Explaining pneumonia’s big global decline on a tiny budget In a guest post, Nancy Fullman, a policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses the relationships among global pneumonia case numbers, mortality rates, and spending on the disease (11/20).

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