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Gaps In Immunization Access Persist For New, Old Vaccines

Inter Press Service: New and Old Vaccines Still Out of Reach for Many “While long-awaited new vaccines for malaria and dengue may finally be within reach, many of the world’s existing vaccines have remained unreachable for many of the people who need them most. The recent outbreak of yellow fever…

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Gates Foundation CEO Writes Letter Detailing Initiatives, Goals In Global Health, Development, Education

New York Times: Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Guide of the Gates Foundation “On her second anniversary as chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a global colossus of philanthropy, Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann wrote of progress against smoking in the Philippines, polio across the world, and sleeping sickness in Africa.…

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Los Angeles Times Profiles Female Polio Vaccine Teams Working To Immunize Children In Pakistan

Los Angeles Times: Meet the women trying to rid Pakistan — and the world — of polio “…[H]ealth officials and international experts think Pakistan could finally stop the spread of the disease this year. One of their reasons for optimism is people like [19-year-old health worker Saira Nizamuddin], who is…

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Gates Foundation Awards $38M To Takeda Pharmaceuticals To Develop Low-Cost Polio Vaccine

Reuters: Gates Foundation backs Takeda polio vaccine with $38 million grant “Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceuticals is to get $38 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a crucial, low-cost polio vaccine for use in developing countries. … Chris Elias, the Gates Foundation’s head of global development, said the…

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Asahi Shumbun Publishes Special Project Called 2030 Creating Future, Guest Edited By Bill & Melinda Gates

Asahi Shumbun: 2030 Creating Future “The Asahi Shimbun invited Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, as guest editors for a special project called ‘2030 Creating Future.’ The two world-renowned philanthropists contributed their thoughts on a number of global social issues, such as infectious diseases, education, and poverty,…

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All 155 Countries Make Successful Polio Vaccine Switch, WHO Official Says

STAT: One step closer to a polio-free world “A two-week campaign to phase out a polio vaccine that is now considered harmful to the effort to eradicate the disease appears to have been completed, polio program leaders at the World Health Organization said Monday. There had been worries that a…

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CDC Will Continue Efforts To End Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Global immunization: 50 Years of work and success Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health “…CDC will continue working closely with governments and ministries of health in countries where disease takes a heavy toll and where immunization systems have gaps. … At the same time,…

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Globally Coordinated Vaccine Rollout Could End Polio, Yield Lessons For Strengthening Immunization More Broadly

TIME: Historic Global Vaccine Rollout Could End Polio Forever Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center, professor at Emory University, and former director of the United States’ National Immunization Program “…Since we no longer need to protect against wild type 2 [polio virus], we’re replacing the trivalent vaccine…

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Militants Kill 7 Police Officers Guarding Two Groups Of Polio Vaccine Workers In Pakistan

New York Times: 7 Police Officers Guarding Vaccination Team in Pakistan Are Shot Dead “Seven police officers keeping watch over a polio vaccination campaign were gunned down in two separate attacks in a suburb of Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Wednesday, government officials said…” (ur-Rehman/Masood, 4/20). Reuters: Seven…

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World Begins Polio Vaccine Switch In Effort To Eliminate Disease

Deutsche Welle: WHO launches worldwide effort to completely eliminate polio “More than 150 countries and territories launched a new effort on Sunday that health experts hope will lead to the complete eradication of the polio virus within the next year or two…” (4/17). NPR: New Polio Vaccine Rolled Out In…

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