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Development Progress Made in Haiti, Continued International Support Needed

Huffington Post: Haiti Is on the Turn Denis O’Brien, founder and chairman of Digicel “While [Haiti] has received significant investments from foreign aid and private partners, more still remains to be done to help the Haitian people create self-sufficient communities. … What’s required is international support with the Haitian government…

Opinion Pieces Address Ebola Quarantines, Development Of Treatments, Vaccines

New England Journal of Medicine: Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic’s Lessons for Ebola Gregg Gonsalves, HIV/AIDS activist and co-director of the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health, and Peter Staley, HIV/AIDS activist “For those of us who…

Al Jazeera Highlights Documentary On HIV Treatment Access In Developing Countries

Al Jazeera: Fire in the Blood Al Jazeera highlights the documentary film “Fire in the Blood,” which addresses “the challenges NGOs, doctors, and activists face in their fight against big pharma and patent laws that prevent millions of HIV/AIDS patients in the developing world from accessing lifesaving drugs…” The film…

Facebook Launches Ebola Donation Button

News outlets report on Facebook’s launch of an Ebola donation button, where users can donate money to three charities’ efforts. The Hill: Facebook adds button for Ebola donations “Being able to stop the spread of Ebola before the epidemic grows would be equivalent to stopping HIV 30 years ago, according…

Canada’s Tekmira To Produce Experimental Ebola Treatment For U.S. DoD

Reuters: Tekmira to produce Ebola treatment for U.S. Dept of Defense “The U.S. Department of Defense has exercised an option with Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. for the company to make 500 courses of its experimental treatment for Ebola, Tekmira said on Thursday. The treatment targets the Ebola-Guinea virus variant, which…

Policies Can Spur Robust Antibiotic Development Pipeline

Health Affairs Blog: Addressing The Threat Of Antibiotic Resistance: Policy Solutions To Fix A Broken Pipeline Rachel Zetts, who supports research and advocacy for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ antibiotics and innovation project, and Allan Coukell, Pew’s senior director for drugs and medical devices, examine the antibiotic development pipeline and discuss…

U.S. Seeks Patent On Ebola Virus

International Business Times: The U.S. Government Wants To Patent The Ebola Virus, Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing “U.S. government researchers are embroiled in a five-year fight with the Patent and Trademark office for a patent on the Ebola virus. Though the effort sounds ominous, it could accelerate the pace…

Public, Private Entities Continue Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccines, Therapies

Media outlets report on various aspects of efforts to develop a vaccine for Ebola and produce more doses of experimental drugs to treat the disease. ABC News: Will There Be an Ebola Vaccine Soon? (Besser, 10/17). Agence France-Presse: Experimental Ebola vaccine expected in Geneva Tuesday: hospital (10/19). Agence France-Presse: Ebola…

News Outlets Examine Public, Private Funding For Ebola, Other Disease Vaccine Research

News outlets discuss funding for research on vaccines for Ebola and other neglected diseases. Bloomberg TV: Neglected Diseases: Who Should Pay for Vaccine Research? “Christopher Egerton-Warburton, fund manager at Global Health Investment Fund, and Martin McKee of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases discuss the lack of preparation and research…

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