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History Shows U.S.-Russia Vaccine Science Diplomacy Could Help Ease Present-Day Tensions

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Russian-United States vaccine science diplomacy: Preserving the legacy Peter J. Hotez, editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases “…Could Cold War lessons in [vaccine diplomacy] ease today’s escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russian governments? … [E]xtraordinary opportunities remain to meld our scientific activities to…

Polio Elimination Efforts Become Complicated As Vaccine Supplies Run Low

STAT: As hopes for polio eradication rise, the endgame gets complicated, and a vaccine runs short “The world appears to be on the verge of finally putting an end to polio. But the endgame could get complicated. For more than a year there has been a severe shortage of the…

POLITICO Examines Gates Foundation’s Funding Of, Influence At WHO

POLITICO: Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates “…Over the past decade, the world’s richest man has become the World Health Organization’s second biggest donor, second only to the United States and just above the United Kingdom. This largesse gives [Bill Gates] outsized influence over its agenda, one that…

Improving Vaccine Delivery Critical To Polio Eradication

Huffington Post: Achieving a Polio-Free World Anne Schuchat, acting director of the CDC and acting administrator at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) “…[U]ntil polio is gone everywhere in the world, the risk of new outbreaks persists. To accomplish this goal, we must continue working together to…

Global Community Should Ensure ‘All Children Have Access To All Essential Vaccines’

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Extending the promise of health to all children, everywhere Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…By helping children in low- and middle-income countries avoid disabling and life-threatening diseases, we are ensuring that hundreds of millions of people will…

Despite Challenges, Polio Eradication Efforts Continue To Progress

Humanosphere: Range of setbacks slow progress toward polio eradication Humanosphere correspondent Tom Murphy discusses several challenges to polio eradication in the three remaining endemic countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — including a lack of access to certain regions and vaccine shortages. He writes, “Despite the challenges, the effort for eradication…

U.N.-Supported Campaign Vaccinates Nearly 5M Children For Polio In Yemen

U.N. News Centre: Millions of children in Yemen vaccinated against polio through U.N.-backed campaign “Despite daunting challenges, United Nations agencies and partners in war-torn Yemen have completed a major nationwide polio inoculation campaign, vaccinating nearly five million children under the age of five against the paralyzing disease…” (4/10).

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