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Researchers Making Progress In Developing Universal, H7N9 Influenza Vaccines

Researchers this week reported in the journal Nature Medicine that they are closer to producing a universal vaccine for influenza, “a constantly shifting target” necessitating new seasonal flu vaccines each year, BBC News reports. Ajit Lalvani of Imperial College London, “who led the study, told the BBC: ‘It’s a blueprint…

Saudi Arabia Should ‘Report Openly And Honestly’ About MERS

Washington Post: New killer virus should be fought with the help of Saudi honesty “…In the last week or so, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reported clusters of [Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)] cases in hospitals and among health care workers. … Unfortunately, there is far too…

New Cases Of MERS Reported In UAE, Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the ongoing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: UAE reports 12 new cases of MERS “Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have announced 12 new cases of infection by the MERS coronavirus, but insisted the patients would be cured within two weeks…”…

Saudi Arabia Replaces Health Minister During MERS Outbreak

News outlets report Saudi Arabia relieves its health minister from office in midst of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Associated Press: Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths “Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah sacked the country’s health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus…

Additional MERS Cases Raise Suspicion Virus Is Evolving

News outlets report on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in the Middle East. Agence France-Presse: MERS death toll hits 81 in Saudi “The MERS death toll has climbed to 81 in Saudi Arabia, which sacked its health minister as cases of infection by the coronavirus mount in the…

MERS Death Toll Rises; Egypt Reports First Case

News outlets report on the growing epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: Two Saudis die of MERS, taking toll to 94 “Two Saudi nationals have died from MERS, taking the death toll from the coronavirus in the worst-hit country to 94, the health ministry said…” (4/27). Associated…

Saudi Arabia Must Embrace Transparency, Cooperation In MERS Outbreak

Washington Post: Saudi Arabia’s MERS virus outbreak demands transparency “…Major uncertainties about the MERS virus persist, including how it spreads, whether it has efficiently begun human-to-human transmission and whether its genetic makeup has evolved. The Saudis must throw open their doors to international scientific inquiry. … For everyone’s safety and…