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WHO Remains Concerned Over MERS Spread In Middle East

Reuters: WHO still concerned about spread of Saudi MERS virus “The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it remained worried about the spread of MERS, a respiratory disease that has infected and killed hundreds of people, overwhelmingly in Saudi Arabia…” (Kelland, 2/5). World Health Organization: WHO statement on the…

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Disease Outbreaks Put Global Health Systems On Alert, But Challenges Remain, U.S. Scientist Says

VOA News: U.S. Scientist: AIDS Remains Key Global Health Threat “The U.S. medical scientist who led a team that helped eradicate outbreaks of smallpox in the 1970s says the global community is now more responsive to possible pandemics despite challenges posed by viruses such as AIDS, bird flu, and more…

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Criticizing Vaccine Prices Could Deter Pharmaceutical Companies From Developing Drugs For Poor Countries, Gates Says

The Guardian: Bill Gates dismisses criticism of high prices for vaccines “Bill Gates has dismissed criticism by health campaigners of the high prices of some vaccines, warning that it only serves to deter pharmaceutical companies from working on life-saving products for poor countries. In an interview with The Guardian from…

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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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